A 21-year-old man whose court documents indicate he intended to “slaughter” women at Ohio State University last year will be held in jail until the case is resolved.
Tres Genco appeared in federal court in Cincinnati on Friday afternoon. Trial judge Stephanie Bowman cited a parole violation and the “serious nature of the charges” as reasons to continue to keep him in custody.
Genco, a resident of Highland County, is charged with attempted hate crime and illegal possession of a machine gun. He faces life imprisonment.
Genco’s alleged plan began to take shape in the summer of 2019, according to court documents.
On August 3, 2019, the documents say he wrote a manifesto, claiming he would slaughter women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge.”
The handwritten document was titled “A Hideous Symphony: A Manifesto Written by Tres Genco, the Socially Exiled Incel”.
Genco wrote that the mass shooting would take place nine months later at “OSU” on May 23, 2020.
He wrote that he would use an automatic rifle, “a military specification M-16 or a converted AR-15”.
“3,000? ” he wrote. “Aim big. “
That same day, he searched the internet for sororities. He researched firearm modifications, typing at one point “difference between fully automatic and semi-automatic”. Genco also sought information on Elliot Rodger, who in 2014 killed six people and injured 14 near the University of California Santa Barbara campus. Rodger had expressed his desire to punish women, and two of his victims were women outside of a sorority house.
Court documents indicate that Genco would later search for police scanner codes for Columbus Police and University Police.
Shortly after writing his manifesto, Genco underwent basic army training at Fort Benning in Georgia. But in December 2019, he was released, according to court documents.
Genco self-identified as an “Incel,” which refers to an online movement made up mostly of men who, according to documents filed in Genco’s case, advocate violence against women who deny them the the sexual or romantic attention they think they deserve. The term is a shorthand for involuntary celibacy.
According to court documents, investigators found posts from Genco on web forums for Incels from 2019.
But after his release from the military, Genco began to write about his feeling of isolation. In a January 2020 document, titled “Isolated,” Genco wrote: “If you are reading this, I did something horrible. Somehow you came across the writings of the deceived. and homicides. “
Also in January, court documents say he monitored an anonymous Ohio university and researched the Internet for topics such as “planning a gunshot crime.”
He searched for the police scanner codes on March 11, 2020, according to the documents.
Genco was arrested on March 12, 2020 after his mother called the authorities. Genco had locked himself in the bedroom of his Highland County home with a gun, according to documents. His mother told investigators Genco had become “erratic and violent”.
MPs surrounded the house and Genco was arrested without incident.
In the trunk of his car, investigators found a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 style rifle with an attached butt that could increase its rate of fire to get closer to an automatic weapon. Hidden in a heating vent in the house, according to the documents, was a Glock pistol modified to fire fully automatically.
Genco eventually pleaded guilty in Highland County to making terrorist threats and was sentenced in October 2020 to 17 months in prison.
He was paroled in February 2021, according to records.
Since his arrest this week on federal charges, he has been held at the Butler County Jail.