Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, facing federal charges for plotting a mass shooting at an Ohio college campus
A self-identified “incel” faces federal charges for plotting a mass shooting on an Ohio college campus, where police say he wanted to “slaughter” thousands of women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge.”
Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday by federal agents for allegedly conspiring to commit a hate crime and illegally possessing a machine gun, according to a press release of the United States Department of Justice.
Incel, which means ‘involuntary celibacy’, refers to a group of mostly men who communicate online about their hatred of women. According to the Justice Department, “Incels attempt to commit violence in support of their belief that women are unfairly denying them the sexual or romantic attention they believe they are entitled to.”
Genco began posting to an unspecified incel forum in July 2019, according to a federal charge.
In one message, he is said to have described shooting a group of women with a water pistol full of orange juice. Genco called it an “extremely powerful act” and compared it to the same act committed by the infamous “virgin killer” Elliot Rodger, leading up to his mass shooting.
In 2014, Rodger shot and killed six people and injured 14 others outside a sorority at the University of California at Santa Barbara before committing suicide.
Investigators claim Genco began planning his own killing spree in January 2019, when he made an online purchase for tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a hoodie with the word “revenge,” cargo pants, a bowie knife, a skull face mask, two Glock 17 magazines, a 9mm Glock 17 clip and a hidden holster clip for a Glock.
In August 2019, he reportedly wrote a manifesto titled “A Hideous Symphony, a manifesto written by Tres Genco, the socially exiled Incel,” outlining his plans to take basic training with the U.S. military to learn how to kill. .
Tres Genco, 21, pictured, was arrested on Wednesday by federal agents for allegedly conspiring to commit a hate crime and illegally possessing a machine gun, according to a US Department of Justice press release.
The suspect was a fan of the ‘virgin killer’ Elliot Rodger, pictured, who murdered six people outside a California sorority in 2014
Part of the manifesto, published in the federal indictment, reads: “I will slaughter out of jealousy, hatred and revenge. . . I will take away the power of life they withhold from me, showing that there is more than just happiness and fulfillment, that there is an all-encompassing death, the great equalizer that will leave us all in its seductively calm velvet of silence and serenity. wear. ‘
Around the same time, Genco reportedly wrote a note mentioning an unnamed Ohio college and writing the date he planned to carry out his plot as May 23, 2020, the gun he planned to use as an M-16. and even his desired number of deaths, which he wrote, ‘must be enormous! 3,000? Then aim big.’
Genco received basic military training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, that same month until December 2019, when he was fired for poor performance and conduct.
When he returned to Ohio, he reportedly wrote another manifesto called “Isolated,” which he signed “Your hopeful friend and murder.”
Part of the text, as detailed in the indictment, reads, “If you’re reading this, I’ve done something terrible. Somehow you have come across the writings of the misguided and murderous, no easy task, and for that I congratulate you on your curiosity and willingness to delve into such a murky subject.”
The following month, he began snooping around Ohio State University, the indictment reads, and began searching online for topics such as “how do you plan a shooting crime” and “when does crime planning become an attempt?”
In March, he searched for police scanner codes for Columbus and the Ohio State University campus police. Genco’s Twitter page lists Ohio University in its bio, but University Spokeswoman Carly Leatherwood told The Daily Beast that he was never a student there.
Genco wrote a note with an unspecified location, date and gun he planned to use in his shooting. He also wrote that he hoped to have a kill count of 3,000
It wasn’t until March 12, 2020 that Genco’s alleged plans emerged from the online incel community and caught the attention of the police.
According to the charges, an anonymous caller told police in Hillsboro, Ohio that Genco threatened them with a gun and held it cocked before locking himself in his bedroom.
Police say the caller claimed Genco had been “irregular and somewhat violent in recent months.”
The police responded and ordered Genco to leave his room with his hands up, which he eventually did before being taken into custody.
When searching Genco’s car, the police found a pistol with a buffer on it, several loaded magazines, body armor and boxes of ammunition. Searching his room, they found a Glock-style 9mm semi-automatic pistol hidden in his heating vent. The firearm had no manufacturer’s brand or serial number.
The unidentified caller also read Genco’s manifestos and told police that “he intended to hurt someone.”
Genco is charged with attempted murder hate crime, which could mean a life sentence. He is also facing charges of illegally owning a slot machine, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years.