An Ohio man who authorities describe as an “incel” was arrested Wednesday and charged in federal court with attempted hate crime by plotting to kill women in a mass shooting.
The Justice Department alleged in a statement that the man, Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, planned to shoot students in sororities at an Ohio university. A grand jury has indicted Genco with attempting to commit a hate crime and illegal possession of a machine gun, officials said.
During an investigation, law enforcement discovered a note indicating that Genco hoped to “aim big” and reach a death toll of 3,000 victims, officials said. Genco also wrote a manifesto, officials said, in which he said he “will shoot” women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge.”
A review of Genco’s electronics showed that on the day he was accused of writing the manifesto, he also searched online for sororities and an Ohio university, authorities said. The university has not been named.
Officials said Genco was part of the online “incel” community, a group made up mostly of men who harbor hostility towards women. Genco has been identified as an incel, or “involuntary celibacy,” officials said.
“The Incels seek to commit violence to support their belief that women unfairly deny them the sexual or romantic attention to which they think they are entitled,” the statement said. “According to the indictment, Genco maintained profiles on a popular incel website from at least July 2019 to mid-March 2020. Genco was a frequent poster on the site.”
Genco completed basic army training at Fort Benning, Ga., From August to December 2019, authorities said.
In 2019, he purchased items that included tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a hoodie with the word “revenge”, a bowie knife, two Glock 17 magazines and a 9mm Glock 17 clip, said responsible.
The indictment document, authorities say, alleges that Genco conducted surveillance at an Ohio university on January 15, 2020. He is accused of researching subjects online the same day. Officials said some topics were “how to plan a gun crime” and “When does preparing for a crime become an attempt?” “
Neither Genco nor his relatives could be immediately contacted for comment late Wednesday afternoon. It was not clear whether he had retained the services of a lawyer.
During a visit to an incel website, authorities said, Genco referred to Elliot Rodger, a known incel who killed six people and injured 14 others in May 2014. Some of Rodger’s victims were shot dead. outside a sorority house at the University of California at Santa Barbara. .
The attempted hate crime charge carries a sentence of up to life in prison, officials said.