A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted an Ohio man who identifies himself as an incel, or “involuntary celibate,” for allegedly conspiring to shoot women who attend colleges and sororities in the state, authorities announced.
Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, faces one count of attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegal possession of a machine gun, according to court documents. He was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, the United States Department of Justice said, and is being held at the Butler County jail.
According to the indictment, Genco identified himself as an incel and frequently posted on “a popular incel website” from at least July 2019 to mid-March 2020. The incel movement is a misogynistic online community of men fueled by the I hate women, who men believe are preventing them from having the sex to which they are entitled. Some incels I have delicate on behalf of a “incel rebellionOr in tribute to an incel shooter who killed six people and wounded 14 others in Isla Vista, California, near UC Santa Barbara in 2014.
According to the indictment document, Genco sided with the Isla Vista shooter. In a post, Genco talked about spraying women and couples with orange juice from a squirt gun, as the Isla Vista shooter did with a group of college students before his deadly attack, according to the indictment.
Genco wrote that when he “finally did it, it was [the Isla Vista shooter’s] birthday and I didn’t even know that, ”according to the document. “I felt like I was spiritually connected to the saint that day,” he added, describing sprinkling people with orange juice as an “extremely empowering action.”
In August 2019, Genco wrote a manifesto in which he said that he would “kill” women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge” and “would take away the power of life that they deny me,” according to the indictment. On the day he wrote that document, he also searched online for sororities and an anonymous university in the state, authorities said.
In a separate note between July and August 2019, Genco named a local university, which is not identified in the indictment document, and indicated that it was targeting a “huge” death count, listing 3,000 followed by a sign of interrogation, the accusation declared.
Also that year, Genco allegedly bought tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a hoodie emblazoned with the word “revenge,” a rifle, and a hunting knife. He also researched weapon modifications, kept guides on how to build M-16 rifles, and attended basic Army training in Georgia. He was fired for entry-level performance and conduct, authorities said.
In January 2020, he wrote another document that was titled “isolated,” signing the note “his hopeful friend and murderer,” according to the indictment. He also conducted surveillance at an Ohio university and searched for topics such as “how to plan a shooting crime,” the document says.
In March 2020, Highland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Genco’s residence, where they found multiple firearms, loaded magazines, bulletproof vests and boxes of ammunition.
If convicted of the hate crime charge, Genco faces life in prison because the charge involves attempted murder, the Justice Department said. The weapons charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Information on a defense attorney was not immediately available.
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