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An Ohio man, according to federal prosecutors, is an “incel” who was indicted this week in federal court for attempting to commit a hate crime for his plot to kill women.
Tres Genco, 21, was arrested on Wednesday and also faces charges related to illegal possession of a machine gun, according to the Justice Department.
Prosecutors say Genco has identified himself as an incel or an “involuntary bachelor,” a community made up mostly of men who harbor anger at women who they say owe them sexual or romantic attention. Some incels seek to commit violence to support this belief.
Genco’s indictment includes startling details of the months-long efforts prosecutors say he made to plan a mass shooting and purchase weapons and other equipment to achieve that goal.
According to the indictment reviewed by NPR, Genco maintained a profile on a popular incel website from at least July 2019 to mid-March 2020. He posted there frequently, he claims.
In his posts, he sometimes expressed his admiration for Elliot Rodger, who in May 2014 killed six people and injured 14 others. Some of Rodger’s victims were shot outside a sorority house at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Genco wrote a manifesto called “A Hideous Symphony”, by “Tres Genco, the socially exiled Incel”. In it, he said he would “shoot ‘women’ out of hatred, jealousy and revenge …” and called the death a “great equalizer”. Investigators say they discovered another memo, allegedly written by Genco, which said he hoped to “aim big” for a death toll of 3,000.
Prosecutors say that the same day he drafted his manifesto, Genco searched online for fraternities and sororities around Ohio.
Genco monitors a university
From August to December 2019, Genco lived in Georgia for basic army training. He was then fired for “entry level performance and driving,” according to court documents.
Once home, Genco wrote a document titled “Isolated”. In it, prosecutors said he wrote: “If you are reading this, I have done something horrible. Somehow you have come across the writings of the deceived and the homicides. “
He signed the document, “Your hopeful, murderous friend.”
Four days later, prosecutors said Genco began monitoring an unidentified nearby Ohio university. On the same day, he also searched online for “planning a gun crime” and “when does preparing for a crime become an attempt,” prosecutors said.
Genco appeared on police radar on March 12, 2020, when an anonymous person called the Highland County Sheriff’s Office for assistance, according to an affidavit.
The anonymous caller said Genco locked himself in his room at his home in Highland County, Ohio, and threatened the appellant. The appellant said he heard Genco cock a gun behind his bedroom door, court records show.
When police arrived at the house, according to the affidavit, the anonymous caller told officers Genco had become erratic and somewhat violent in the past months. They added that they came across Genco’s violent writings in his bedroom, according to an affidavit.
When police searched the trunk of his car, investigators discovered Genco’s weapons cache, which included a gun with a butt attached, several loaded magazines, a bulletproof vest and boxes of ammunition.
Officers also found a Glock-style 9mm semi-automatic pistol with no mark or serial number hidden in his chamber’s heating vent.
Prosecutors say attempting to commit a hate crime carries a life sentence. One count of illegal possession of a machine gun is punishable by up to 10 years.