A 21-year-old Hillsboro man faces hate crime charges after federal prosecutors said he armed himself with a machine gun and planned to kill women in a mass shooting.
According to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Tres Genco identified himself as an “Incel”, short for involuntary bachelor.
“The Incel movement is an online community made up mostly of men who harbor anger towards women,” US Attorney Vipal Patel said in a press release. “The Incels advocate violence to support their belief that women unfairly deny them the sexual or romantic attention they think they deserve.”
In March 2020, the Highland County Sheriff’s Department was called to Genco’s home, according to court documents. One person, who was not identified in the files, had reported that Genco had barricaded himself in his room with a gun and that the person was concerned about getting hurt or wanting to hurt other people.
Prosecutors said Genco lived in Hillsboro, a town of about 6,500 residents about an hour’s drive east of Cincinnati.
After having made Genco surrender, investigators said they found an AR-15 style rifle with a modified Glock butt and pistol to fire fully automatically without a serial number. They said they also found plenty of writings dating back to at least 2019.
In those writings, he named a date for his proposed mass shooting: May 23, 2020, according to court documents, just over two months after his arrest. FBI investigators said Ohio State University was a possible target in court documents.
That year, Genco purchased tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a hoodie with the word “Revenge” on it, cargo pants, a bowie knife, a face mask and several magazines, prosecutors said.
He also wrote a document in August which he titled “A Hideous Symphony,” which he called a manifesto, according to court documents.
“I am already ready to join the US military,” he reportedly wrote. “This training will be for the achievement of a reality, the death of what I have been most deprived of, but also to cherish and fantasize about the opportunity to have but which has been neglected: women.
“I will slaughter out of hatred, jealousy and revenge … I will take away the power from the life they deny me, showing that there is more than happiness and fulfillment, there is all-encompassing death, the great equalizer. .. “
That month, Genco began basic army training in Georgia, prosecutors said. Shortly after, he was dismissed from his post for “entry level performance and driving,” officials reported.
FBI agents said his writings showed he hoped to kill 3,000 people. Agents said he monitored a university and researched sororities online.
“Genco has searched the Internet for topics such as’ planning a gun crime ‘and’ when does preparing for a crime become an attempt? “”, Specify the court documents.
Officers also said Genco compared himself to Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 in 2014 near the University of California Santa Barbara campus. Two of the victims were women outside a sorority house. Rodger has highlighted his desire to punish women in YouTube videos.
Since then, several social media like Facebook and Reddit have cracked down on Incel communities. Reddit has banned several of them outright.
A USA TODAY report on the phenomenon indicated that one of these communities had 40,000 members.
Genco is charged with attempted hate crime and illegal possession of a machine gun. Prosecutors say the hate crime charge carries a life sentence and the submachine gun charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.