Task & Purpose
Self-proclaimed 'incel' allegedly joined Army to train for mass shooting of women but washed out after 4 months
Federal prosecutors say a self-identified "involuntarily
celibate" man allegedly tried to join the Army in an ef- fort to plan a mass shooting of women at an Ohio university but he washed out of the service after four months.
Tres Genco, 21, is charged with attempting to commit a hate crime and illegally possessing a machine gun, a Justice Department news release says. From July
2019 until March 2020, Genco allegedly posted fire- quently on a website popular with "incels,' a move- ment of men who preach violence towards women out of sexual frustration, prosecutors claim.
When Genco was arrested, sheriff's deputies found a
Palmetto State Armory PA-15 5.56 x 45mm rifle with a Slide Fire bump stock - which simulates fully automatic fire on a semi-automatic weapon - in the trunk of his car along with several loaded magazines and four boxes of ammunition, according to an affi- davit in support of a criminal complaint against
Genco. They also found a Glock Luger caliber pistol with no manufacturer's marks or serial number in a heating vent inside his home.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex- plosives later determined that both the rifle and pistol functioned as machine guns although neither were registered to Genco as such under the National Fire-
arms Registration, the court document says.
FILE PHOTO: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents patrol the route of the 127th Rose Parade as explosives de- tecting canine Abby gets petted by a parade spectator in
Pasadena, Calif., Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Owen
After searching Genco's home, sheriff's deputies also found a note that he allegedly wrote, in which he in- dicated he planned to kill up to 3,000 people after completing basic training.
If convicted, he would face a maximum penalty of life in prison for the hate crime charge and 10 years in prison for the weapons charge.
"Tres Genco enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 12,
2019, as an infantryman,' said Kelli Bland, a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
"He met all the qualifications for enlisted with no waivers required. He shipped to training at Fort Ben- ning on Aug. 20, 2019." It was unclear why and how
Genco left the Army.