Cleveland— A man who identifies with a group that despises women appeared in federal court in Cincinnati on charges related to his plans to kill sorority members at an unidentified university in Ohio.
Tres Genco, 21, of Hillsboro, Ohio, is charged with an attempted hated crime and possession of a machine gun.
Federal prosecutors in a statement released on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) said Genco identifies himself as an “incel” — involuntary celibate — and has spent time participating in an online community of men hostile to women because they believe they are unjustly denied sexual or romantic attention.
The 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.
According to prosecutors, Genco frequently posted on an incel website in 2019 and 2020. In one post, he wrote that he had used a squirt gun to spray “foids” in the face with orange juice, something Rodger had done before the Santa Barbara killings.
“Foids” is the shortened incel term for the hostile term “feminoid”.
Court documents say Genco wrote a manifesto called “A Hideous Symphony,” which stated in part: “I will slaughter out of hatred, jealousy, and revenge…I will take away the power of life that they withhold from me”. He also allegedly signed a document “Your hopeful friend and murderer.”
Court documents allege the 21-year-old conducted surveillance at an Ohio university on January 15, 2020.