Self-Proclaimed 'Incel' Arrested Ahead of Planned Shooting Targeting Women at College

A self-proclaimed "incel" was recently arrested and charged after authorities discovered that he was planning to carry out a mass shooting incident, specifically targeting women in college.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney Vipal J. Patel's Office in the Southern District of Ohio, the man was identified as 21-year-old Tres Genco of Hillsboro, Ohio.

The press release said Genco described himself as an "incel," which is short for "involuntary celibate."

"The Incel movement is an online community of predominantly men who harbor anger towards women. Incels advocate violence in support of their belief that women unjustly deny them sexual or romantic attention to which they believe they are entitled," Patel's office said in the press release.

The district attorney's office said investigators discovered Genco frequented "a popular Incel website" from July 2019 to March 2020 where he used several different profiles and posted often.

The charging document filed against Genco stated that in one post on the Incel website, he compared his own "extremely empowering action" to that of popular Incel Elliot Rodger, who killed six people outside a University of California, Santa Barbara sorority house in 2014. Genco also allegedly said in one post he planned on attacking "some foids"—the Incel abbreviation for women—with a water gun filled with orange juice, which Rodger did prior to his 2014 attack, according to the press release.

According to the New York Times, after Rodger killed six individuals in 2014, his posts were discovered on a forum including one where he wrote, "One day incels will realize their true strength and numbers, and will overthrow this oppressive feminist system."

In addition to the different posts on the Incel website, the district attorney's office said Genco also allegedly penned a manifesto, where he wrote about killing women "out of hatred, jealousy and revenge." Investigators also discovered a note allegedly written by Genco, indicating he "hoped to 'aim big' for a kill count of 3,000 people with a reference to the same date as Elliot Rodger's attack, and intended to attend military training."

According to the district attorney's office, Genco searched for "sororities and a university in Ohio" online the same day he allegedly wrote the manifesto.

The press release said in 2019, Genco allegedly 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."

After purchasing the different items, Genco allegedly conducted surveillance at an unnamed university in Ohio in January 2020.

"That same day, he allegedly searched online for topics including 'planning a shooting crime' and 'when does preparing for a crime become an attempt?'," the press release said.

According to the district attorney's office, deputies with the Highland County Sheriff's Office responded to Genco's residence where numerous weapons and armor were found inside his home and vehicle, including a modified Glock-style 9mm semiautomatic pistol.

The modified pistol, which was found hidden in a heating vent in Genco's room, did not have a serial number of manufacturer's marks.

The district attorney's office said Genco was arrested by federal agents on Wednesday and charged with one count of attempting to commit a hate crime and one count of illegally possessing a machine gun.

"The hate crime charge is punishable by up to life imprisonment. The machine gun charge is punishable by up to 10 years' imprisonment," the district attorney's office said in the press release.

Newsweek reached out to the district attorney's office for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Self-proclaimed 'incel' arrested in Ohio.
A self-proclaimed "incel" was arrested in Ohio on Wednesday after investigators discovered that he was planning to carry out a mass shooting incident, targeting women at colleges. Above, police tape hangs across the street in front of a house in Park City, Kansas on Feb. 26, 2005. Larry W. Smith/Getty