A federal grand jury has charged a self-identified “incel” with
attempting to conduct a mass shooting of women and with illegally
possessing a machine gun.
Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, allegedly plotted to commit a
hate crime, namely, a plan to shoot students in sororities at a
university in Ohio. He was arrested by federal agents today.
Genco identified as an “incel” or “involuntary celibate.” The incel
movement is an online community of predominantly men who harbor anger
towards women. Incels 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.
According to the indictment, Genco maintained profiles on a popular
incel website from at least July 2019 through mid-March 2020. Genco was a
frequent poster on the site.
In one post, Genco allegedly detailed spraying “some foids and
couples” with orange juice in a water gun. “Foids” is an incel term
short for “femoids,” referring to women. According to the charging
document, Genco compared his “extremely empowering action” to similar
conduct by known incel, Elliot Rodger. In May 2014, Rodger killed six
people and injured 14 others, including shooting individuals outside a
University of California, Santa Barbara sorority house. Prior to his
mass attack, Rodger shot a group of college students with orange juice
from a water gun.
Genco also allegedly wrote a manifesto, stating he would “slaughter”
women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge…” and referring to death as
the “great equalizer.” As part of this investigation, law enforcement
agents discovered a note of Genco’s that indicated he hoped to “aim big”
for a kill count of 3,000 people and intended to attend military
training. Searches of Genco’s electronics revealed that the day he wrote
his manifesto, he searched online for sororities and a university in
It is alleged that in 2019, Genco purchased tactical gloves, a
bulletproof vest, a hoodie bearing the word “revenge,” cargo pants, a
bowie knife, a skull facemask, two Glock 17 magazines, a 9mm Glock 17
clip and a holster clip concealed carry for a Glock.
Genco attended Army Basic Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, from August through December 2019.
In January 2020, Genco allegedly wrote a document entitled “Isolated”
that he described as “the writings of the deluded and homicidal.” Genco
signed the document, “Your hopeful friend and murderer.”
The charging document claims Genco conducted surveillance at an Ohio
university on Jan. 15, 2020. That same day, he allegedly searched online
for topics including “how to plan a shooting crime” and “when does
preparing for a crime become attempt?”
On March 12, 2020, local police officers responded to Genco’s
residence in Highland County. At the residence, in the trunk of Genco’s
vehicle, police officers found, among other things, firearm with a bump
stock attached, several loaded magazines, body armor and boxes of
ammunition. Inside the residence, police officers found a Glock-style
9mm semiautomatic pistol, with no manufacturer’s marks or serial number,
hidden in a heating vent in Genco’s bedroom.
Genco is charged with one count of attempting to commit a hate crime
which, because it involved an attempt to kill, is punishable by up to
life in prison and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun which
is punishable by up to 10 years.
Vipal J. Patel, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of
Ohio; Chris Hoffman, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) Cincinnati Division; and Roland Herndon, Special
Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms &
Explosives (ATF), announced the charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan
Gaffney Painter and Assistant Deputy Criminal Chief Timothy S. Mangan
are representing the United States in this case.