A self-described “incel” was busted by the feds on Wednesday for allegedly plotting a mass shooting of sorority girls at an Ohio university, prosecutors said.
Tres Genco, 21, was charged with one count of attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun, prosecutors announced.
Genco allegedly wrote a manifesto stating he would “slaughter” thousands of women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge”, the New York Post reports.
On Jan 15, 2020, he “conducted surveillance” at an unnamed university in Ohio.
That same day, he allegedly searched online for “How to plan a shooting crime” and “When does preparing for a crime become an attempt?”
Federal prosecutors say Genco identifies as an “involuntary celibate” or incel, and was part of the online community of frustrated men who “seek to commit violence in support of their belief that women unjustly deny them sexual or romantic attention to which they believe they are entitled”.
Genco allegedly frequently posted on a popular incel website and in one post, he described spraying “some foids and couples” with orange juice from a water gun. “Foids” is incel shorthand for “femoids,” referring to women, prosecutors said.
Genco allegedly described that “extremely empowering action” as comparable to the crimes of fellow incel Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 others in a 2014 mass shooting in California. Prior to the attack, Rodger shot a group of college students with orange juice from a water gun.
In the actual attack on students of Chinese descent, Rodger used two long hunting knives to kill roommates James Hong and Weihan “David” Wang, both 20, and a visiting friend, George Chen, 19. Chen was stabbed 94 times.
There is speculation that Genco idolised Rodger, whom he wrote about as “ER”, and wanted to emulate or surpass his murderous exploits.
Investigators said they found a note of Genco’s that indicated he “aimed big” and hoped to kill at least 3,000 people.
He attended Army Basic Training in 2019 but was discharged for poor performance and conduct. He then bought tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a bowie knife, and a hoodie bearing the word “revenge”.
Officials say he also bought a 9mm Glock pistol and bullets, with a holster to carry the weapon in a concealed fashion.
In January 2020, Genco allegedly penned a document titled “Isolated,” which he described as “the writings of the deluded and homicidal.” He signed it, “Your hopeful friend and murderer”.
Following a call that Genco had threatened someone with a gun and then barricaded himself in his bedroom, police officers raided Genco’s home in Highland County, Ohio, on March 12, 2020 and found a 9mm semiautomatic pistol hidden in a vent in his bedroom.
Inside the trunk of Genco’s car, cops discovered a gun with a bump stock attached to increase rate of fire, several loaded magazines, body armour and boxes of ammunition.
Genco was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of the first charge.