An Ohio man who was part of an online community of “incels,” or misogynists who blame women for denying their right to sexual intercourse, was arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to shoot students in sororities, federal prosecutors said. . .
The man, Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, was charged with attempted hate crime, which, because it involved attempted murder, is punishable by life imprisonment, and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun, which, according to the Ministry of Justice, says a maximum of 10 years.
The public defender of Mr. Genco, Richard Monahan, did not immediately respond to messages on Wednesday.
According to a federal indictment, Mr. Genco was active on a website for “incels,” short for involuntary celibates, from July 2019 to March 2020, a label community members claim for themselves.
The movement gained widespread attention in 2014, when Elliot Rodger, a self-proclaimed incel who left behind misogyny, killed six people, including two women outside a sorority, in Isla Vista, California.
In 2018, a man drove a rental van onto a busy sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and seriously injuring 16, minutes after he posted a Facebook tribute to Mr Rodger declaring: “The Incel Uprising has already started!”
Mr. Genco, who had completed basic military training at Fort Benning, Georgia from August 2019 to December 2019, had also expressed his admiration for Mr. Rodger, prosecutors said.
Before his attack, Mr. Rodger shot a group of students with orange juice from a water pistol, prosecutors said.
Mr. Genco posted on an incel website that he had also shot couples and “foids” — short for “femoids,” an incel term for women — using orange juice from a water gun, making him feel “spiritually connected to the saint.” on that day,” the indictment said.
On August 3, 2019, Mr. Genco released a manifesto entitled “A Hideous Symphony”, by “Tres Genco, the Socially Banished Incel”, in which he stated that he would “slaughter” women out of “hatred, jealousy and revenge”. the prosecutors said. That same day, Mr. Genco online to sororities and an Ohio university, which was not named in a federal lawsuit.
On Jan. 11, 2020, prosecutors said, Mr. Genco wrote another document titled “isolated,” saying, “If you’re reading this, I’ve done something terrible. Somehow you’ve come across the writings of the misguided and murderous,” prosecutors said, signing the document, “Your hopeful friend and murderer.”
Four days later, Mr. Genco oversaw an unidentified Ohio university and searched the Internet for “planning a shooting crime” and “when does crime preparation become an attempt,” prosecutors said.
On March 11, 2020, Mr. Genco online to police scanner codes for the Columbus, Ohio, and college police, prosecutors said.
The next day, the police went to Mr. Genco and found in the trunk of his vehicle a firearm with a punch supply, several loaded magazines, body armor and boxes of ammunition, prosecutors said.
At the house of Mr. Genco police officers found a 9-millimeter Glock-style semiautomatic pistol with no manufacturer’s mark or serial number hidden in a vent in his bedroom, prosecutors said.
Seamus Hughes contributed coverage.