HIGHLAND COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX/Gray News) – A 22-year-old man could spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to plotting to “mass murder” 3,000 women at Ohio University.
Tres Jenko, of Hillsboro, Ohio, has been in custody since his arrest in July 2021.
According to US Attorney Kenneth L. Parker, Jenko is a self-identified incel, short for unrestricted celibacy. The online community of incels is made up of men who express anger at all women and think they are “unfairly denied sexual or romantic attention.”
In a press release issued by the US Department of Justice, Parker said Jenko had profiles on popular incel websites and made hundreds of posts between July 2019 and March 2020.
In one post, Genco described women and couples being sprayed with orange juice from a water gun. He referred to women as “foids”, short for “phemoids”, which are common incel terms for women.
When he first started posting on the websites, Jenko was attending Army Basic Training in Georgia. He was discharged in December 2019 for entry-level performance and conduct.
A month after his discharge, Genco scouted a university in Ohio on Jan. 15, 2020, in preparation for a mass shooting, Parker said. The authorities have not specified which university it is.
On the same day, “Planning a Shooting Crime” and “When Does Preparation for a Crime Become an Attempt?” Parker said Genco searched online for topics including
Deputies from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office were called to Jenko’s home in March 2020 for a domestic dispute between him and his mother. According to Det. Vinny Antinor said that’s when deputies noticed the weapons and body armor “looked out of place” and prompted further investigation.
In total, deputies found a gun with a bump stock, a modified Glock-style 9mm semi-automatic pistol, several loaded magazines, body armor and boxes of ammunition. As part of his plea, Genco admitted that he possessed both guns for his conspiracy.
Investigators also found a manifesto written by Jenko about killing women “out of hatred, jealousy and revenge.”
When he wrote the manifesto, the investigation found, he searched online for sororities and a university in Ohio.
Jenko wrote that he compared his “extremely empowering act” of killing women to Elliot Rodger, who killed six people and injured 14 others at a California sorority house in 2014. A gun to fill a group of college students with orange juice.
Law enforcement found another note from Genco that was expected to kill 3,000 women.
In January 2020, Jenko wrote a document titled “Lonely”, which he described as “the writings of the deceived and the homicidal”. Genco signed the document “Your Hopeful Friend and Murderer.”
FBI Cincinnati Special Agent J. William Rivers said thankfully, law enforcement partners working together prevented a fatal shooting targeting women.
“GENCO’s hateful beliefs and actions are extremely dangerous and may cause irreparable harm to our community and many precious lives,” Rivers said. “We urge the public to report the behavior to the FBI and local police to help prevent future violence.”
The charge of attempted hate crime, to which Jenko pleaded guilty, is punishable by life in prison.
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