A federal grand jury indicted an Ohio man on Wednesday for allegedly planning a mass shooting that targeted women.
Federal agents arrested Tres Genco, 21, for his alleged plot to carry out a mass shooting at an Ohio college. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio said in a statement that Genco penned a manifesto in which he detailed his plan to “slaughter” as many as 3,000 women “out of hatred, jealousy, and revenge.”
According to federal prosecutors, Genco intended to carry out the mass shooting on the same date Elliot Rodger killed six people, including two women at a sorority house near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014.
Genco allegedly frequented a popular “incel” website from July 2019 through mid-March 2020, around the time he was first arrested.
A portmanteau of “involuntary celibate,” “incel” is a controversial ideology that was popularized on social media platforms such as Reddit and 4chan. The men that frequent these boards express contempt toward virile men, begrudgingly called “Chads,” and “Stacys,” the women interested in them.
In one post, Genco allegedly bragged about spraying some “foids [women] and couples” with orange juice using a water gun. Prosecutors said he compared his “extremely empowering action” actions to that of Rodger.
Prosecutors said Genco had researched sororities and a state college on the same day he wrote his manifesto. At some point in 2019, he allegedly purchased a bulletproof vest, a hoodie with the word “revenge on it” a knife, cargo pants, tactical gloves, two Glock 17 magazines, a 9mm Glock 17 clip, and a holster clip.
Genco allegedly attended Army basic training in Georgia from August through December 2019, but he was discharged for entry-level performance and conduct, prosecutors also said.
Highland County police who searched Genco’s vehicle residence in March 2020 reportedly discovered a Glock-style 9mm semiautomatic pistol, a firearm including a bump stock, body armor, several loaded magazines, and boxes of ammunition.
Authorities claimed the Glock, which lacked manufacturer marks or a serial number, was found in a heating vent in the suspect’s bedroom.
Genco, who was rearrested on Wednesday, is charged with attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegally possessing a machinegun.
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[Featured image: Tres Genco/Highland County Sheriff’s Office]