Tres Genco, a self-proclaimed Incel from Hillsboro, Ohio, is accused of plotting to slaughter women in a mass shooting targeting sorority members at an Ohio College. The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that Genco was arrested and charged with an attempted hate crime after authorities discovered he had planned to kill 3,000 people during his attack.
The incel, or “involuntary celibate,” is part of a misogynistic community that promotes violence against women, believing that “women unjustly deny them sexual or romantic attention to which they believe they are entitled.” Tres Genco’s “involuntary celibacy” was facilitated in a fringe online movement made up of men who harbor anger toward women. In an effort to express those frustrations, Genco plotted a mass murder, an attack that the feds expect could have killed thousands of people.
Tres Genco’s plot has been in the works for about two years, authorities say. The 21-year-old incel attended military training in early 2019 and began stocking guns, weapons, and tactical gear at his home. Genco attended Army Basic Training at Fort Benning in Georgia from August to December in 2019, during which he posted on popular incel websites. He also used this time to stock his deadly arsenal.
When officers searched his residence in March of 2020, they found a massive arsenal including a firearm with a bump stock, loaded magazines, body armor, and boxes of ammunition. Authorities also found a Glock-style 9mm semi-automatic pistol without a serial number – which makes tracing the gun impossible.
While searching his home in Hillsboro, Ohio, federal agents also found a disturbing manifesto that stated Tres Genco would “slaughter women out of hatred, jealousy, and revenge.” The manifesto also claimed Genco was aiming “big,” as he planned to kill 3,000 people during his attack.
Genco’s plot has been foiled by police, according to the Department of Justice. He was arrested Wednesday after a grand jury decided to charge him with one count of attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun. The evidence against Genco’s eventual attack has been mounting over the last year as federal agents have been tracking his internet activity.
While plotting, Tres Genco maintained profiles on popular incel websites, where he posted about hating women and described violent attacks against them. “Foids,” which is short for “femoids,” is a term used by incels to describe women. Genco often used these terms, detailing experiences in which he sprayed “some foids and couples” with orange juice from a water gun.
Authorities reported that Genco was referencing the seven-year-old case of Elliot Roger, an “incel hero.” Roger attacked “foids” with orange juice from a water gun before going on a murder spree, killing six people and wounding two dozen more. The shooting and stabbing attack occurred at UC Santa Barbara in May 2014.
During their probe of Tres Genco, federal agents discovered that the would-be killer had made several eyebrow-raising searches. Authorities found that Genco searched for sororities and researched things like “how to plan a shooting crime” and “when does preparing for a crime become attempt.”
Genco also began conducting surveillance missions at the unnamed college in early 2020. During this time, Genco began to write his manifesto, a document entitled: “Isolated.” In it, he explained that it is “the writing of the deluded and homicidal,” signing it as “Your hopeful friend and murderer.”
During the year-long probe into Tres Genco, authorities worked with Highland County police officers, searching his property, and investigating his electronic devices. Beyond the deadly arsenal found at his residence and inside the trunk of his car, officers discovered that the 21-year-old incel bought a Bowie knife, a skull face mask, tactical gloves, a bulletproof vest, a “revenge” hoodie, and two Glock 17 magazines.
Before authorities could make their arrest, the case was brought to a grand jury. The panel decided to charge Tres Genco and authorities made their arrest. It is not clear whether Genco has an attorney, but the shooting spree-plotter faces life in prison for his charges. Currently, Genco is charged with one count of attempting to commit a hate crime involving an attempt to kill and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun.