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Self-identified ‘Insel’ accused of planning mass shooting

by Mark Hosenball | Reuters

WASHINGTON — A man who identified himself as an “incel” — involuntary celibate — was arrested Wednesday and charged with planning a mass shooting of female college students in Ohio and illegal possession of a machine gun, US prosecutors said.

The US Department of Justice, without identifying the university, said 21-year-old Tres Jenko, of Hillsboro, Ohio, planned to shoot the women. If found guilty, he could face life imprisonment. It was not immediately known who was representing Jenko.

The Insel movement that Janko identified with is an online network of men motivated to engage in violence against women who they believe unjustly disapprove of their sexual or romantic advances.

An indictment says Genco, who attended US Army basic training for five months at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2019 posted material to an Incel website between July 2019 and March 2020.

The charging document states that in a post, Jenko wrote about women sprinkling orange juice in May 2014, citing Elliot Rodger’s actions near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara, which killed six people. Dala and injured 14 others taking their own lives.

Prosecutors said Jenko wrote a manifesto in which he said he would “slaughter” women “out of hatred, jealousy and vengeance” and that in 2019 he used Glock ammunition, a skull facemask and one with the word “revenge”. Bought a hoodie

On January 15, 2020, prosecutors said Jenko conducted surveillance and searched online for “how to plan a shooting crime”.

During a search of Janko’s residence in March 2020, the Justice Department said, local police found arms and ammunition, including a 9mm semi-automatic pistol lacking identification marks, hidden in a heating vent in his bedroom.

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