A federal grand jury charged a man from Ohio who identifies as an incel or “involuntary celibacy” Wednesday for allegedly planning to shoot women attending high schools and sororities in the state, officials said.
Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, faces a number of attempts to commit a hate crime and a count of illegally possessing a machine gun, according to court documents. He was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice said, and is in jail in Butler County.
According to the indictment, Genco identified itself as an incel and frequently posted on “a popular incel site” from at least July 2019 to mid-March 2020. The Incel movement is an on-line misogynistic society of men driven by a hatred of women, as men believe, prevents them from having the sex they are entitled to. Some incels have been killed in the name of a “rebel uprising” or in tribute to an incel shooter that killed six people and injured 14 others in Isla Vista, California, near UC Santa Barbara in 2014.
According to the charging document, Genco adapted with Isla Vista shooters. In a post, Genco discussed spraying women and couples with orange juice in a water pistol that the Isla Vista shooter did against a group of college students prior to his deadly attack, the indictment states.
Genco wrote that when he “finally did, it was [the Isla Vista shooter’s] birthday, and I did not even know it, ”according to the document. “Feels like I was spiritually connected to the saint that day,” he added, describing spraying people with orange juice as an “extremely empowering act.”
In August 2019, Genco wrote a manifesto saying he would “slaughter” women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge” and “take the power in life that they are holding me back from,” according to the indictment. The day he wrote this document, he also searched online for sororities and an unnamed university in the state, officials said.
In a separate note between July and August 2019, Genco named a local university, which is not identified in the tax document, stating that he was aiming for a “huge” homicide rate, with the number 3,000 followed by a question mark, the indictment stated.
Also that year, Genco reportedly bought tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a hoodie embossed with the word “revenge,” a rifle and a bowie knife. He also studied cannon changes, saved guides on how to construct M-16 rifles, and participated in the Army’s basic training in Georgia. He was discharged for performance and entry-level behavior, officials said.
In January 2020, he wrote another document entitled “Isolated” and signed the note “your hopeful friend and killer” according to the indictment. He also conducted surveillance at a university in Ohio and searched for topics such as “how to plan a shooting crime,” the document said.
In March 2020, the sheriff’s deputies responded to Genco’s residence, where they found several firearms, loaded magazines, body armor and ammunition boxes.
If convicted of the hate crime charge, Genco faces life in prison because the allegation involves an attempt to kill, the DOJ said. The arms tax can be punished with up to 10 years in prison.
Information about a defense attorney was not immediately available.