Former Olympic boxer Azea Augustama, also referred to as the “Haitian Hitman,” was apprehended after allegedly threatening to shoot people at a South Florida gym.
Augustama, who represented Haiti at the 2008 Olympics, was detained on Tuesday after placing a deposit on an AK-47 rifle, according to an arrest affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Augustama was charged with three felonies: two charges of making written threats to carry out a mass shooting and one count of threatening to hurt or kill someone.
According to CNN, the incident started after personal trainer Augustama had his membership at the BOXR Gym on Northeast 1st Avenue in Miami cancelled and received a trespass warning earlier this month after getting into a fight, according to an arrest complaint.
He phoned the police on Tuesday so he could go back to the gym and grab some personal items. After that, according to the claim, he started posting threatening messages on Instagram.
According to the allegation, he posted a picture of the shooter from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School along with a lengthy text stating that he was “considering shooting” several people in the gym.
According to the report, Augustama also stated that he was “ready to shoot with a genuine pistol or bazooka for justice sake.”
The message read, “he’s first when I get my gun or with something else first (RIP),” and it included a picture of one of his intended victims. He also sent a message to a witness, according to the report.
Later, Augustama made his way to an Opa-locka pawn shop where he put a $150 down payment on an AK-47.
He was captured on camera handling the weapon inside the pawn store.
Augustama was ordered to be jailed on a $3 million bond during a court hearing on Wednesday.
The gym’s owner, Mateo Attalla, said that police responded to the threats quickly.
Because he was graffitiing the gym and other places, the police “automatically saw what was going on” and “jumped on it swiftly,” according to Attalla.