‘Incel’ accused of conspiring to shoot women, US says
An Ohio man who was part of an online community of “incels”, or misogynists who criticize women for denying them what they believe is their right to have sex, was arrested Wednesday and charged with ‘plotting to shoot students in sororities, federal prosecutors said.
The man, Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, has been charged with one count of attempting to commit a hate crime, which, because it was attempted murder, is punishable by life imprisonment, and one count of unlawful possession of a machine gun, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years, according to the Justice Department.
Mr Genco’s public defender Richard Monahan did not immediately respond to the messages on Wednesday.
From July 2019 to March 2020, according to a federal indictment, Mr. Genco was active on a website for âincels,â short for unintentional bachelors, a label that community members claim for themselves.
The move gained attention in 2014, when Elliot Rodger, a self-proclaimed Incel who left misogynist ramblings behind, killed six people, including two women, outside a sorority house in Isla Vista, California.
In 2018, a man drove a rental van on a busy Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people and seriously injuring 16, minutes after posting a Facebook tribute to Mr. Rodger and proclaiming, âThe Incel Rebellion has already started !
Mr Genco, who had undergone basic army training at Fort Benning in Georgia from August 2019 to December 2019, also expressed his admiration for Mr Rodger, prosecutors said.
Prior to his attack, Mr Rodger had shot a group of students with orange juice from a water pistol, prosecutors said.
Mr Genco posted on an incel website that he also shot couples and “foids” – short for “femoids,” an incel term for women – with orange juice from a handgun. water, which made him feel “spiritually connected to the saint on that day,” according to the indictment.
On August 3, 2019, Mr. Genco wrote a manifesto titled “A Hideous Symphony” by “Tres Genco, the Socially Exiled Incel”, in which he declared that he would “slaughter” women out of “hatred, jealousy and revenge” . Prosecutors said. On the same day, Mr. Genco searched online for sororities and an Ohio university, which was not named in a federal indictment.
On January 11, 2020, prosecutors said, Mr Genco wrote another document titled ‘isolated’, in which he said: ‘If you are reading this, I have done something horrible. One way or another, you came across the writings of the deceived and the homicides, âprosecutors said. He signed the document, “Your hopeful, murderous friend.”
Four days later, Mr. Genco conducted surveillance at an unidentified Ohio university and searched the internet for “planning a gun crime” and “when does planning a crime become an attempt? Prosecutors said.
On March 11, 2020, Mr. Genco searched online for police scanner codes for Columbus, Ohio Police and University Police, prosecutors said.
The next day, police went to Mr. Genco’s home and found in the trunk of his vehicle a firearm with a butt attached, several loaded magazines, bulletproof vests and boxes of ammunition, prosecutors said.
Inside Mr Genco’s home, officers found an unmarked and unmarked Glock-style 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol hidden in a heating vent in his bedroom, prosecutors said.
Seamus Hughes contributed reporting.