A 21-year-old man in Ohio who identified himself as an ‘incel or involuntary celibacy’ was charged on Wednesday with allegedly planning a mass “slaughter” of women at an Ohio university, prosecutors said.
Fox 19 reported that Tres Genco was accused of conducting surveillance at an unnamed university in Ohio on January 15, 2020, and the same day he searched for “planning a shooting crime” and “when will the preparation for a crime become an attempt?”
The station pointed out that investigators say they unveiled a manifesto claiming he would kill “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge.” The New York Times reported that prosecutors said Genco was part of an online group of “incels” accusing women of denying them intercourse.
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The Times, citing the Justice Department, reported that Genco faces life in prison if convicted because he was accused of trying to commit a hate crime to kill. His public defender did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News after opening hours.
The Justice Department statement points to a 2014 shooting committed by a self-identified incel named Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 others outside a sorority house at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before killing himself.
Genco often posted on an incel website in 2019 and 2020. In a post, he wrote that he had used a spray gun to spray “foids” in his face with orange juice, something Rodger had done before the killings in Santa Barbara, prosecutors said.
Local police searched Genco’s home in March 2020 and found a firearm with an attached bump stock – which allows it to be fired quickly – a pistol, loaded ammunition magazines, ammunition boxes and body armor.
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He also faces a gun charge that can be punished with up to 10 years in prison, Fox 19 reported.
He will remain in custody until a detention meeting on Friday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report