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Azea Augustama: Former Olympic boxer arrested in South Florida on threats of mass shooting



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According to an affidavit, a former Olympic boxer from North Miami has been arrested and charged with threatening to shoot down a South Florida gym.

Azea Augustama, who represented Haiti at the 2008 Olympics, was arrested Tuesday after paying a down payment to buy an AK-47 and was charged with three crimes – two counts of written threats of mass shooting and one count of death threats or cause bodily harm – according to the affidavit.

CNN has reached out to its attorney for comment.

Augustama’s membership at Miami’s Boxr gym was revoked Nov. 11 after a dispute, the police court document said.

“Something was up. He was just acting a little weird and started getting aggressive,” Mateo Attalla, the owner of Boxr, told CNN by phone.

On Tuesday morning, Augustama, 39, called the police and returned to the gym to get his belongings, according to the affidavit.

“He was escorted in with police to get things and of course there weren’t any things,” Attalla said.

On the same day, he made several disturbing social media posts that contained “threats of killing or assault with a firearm,” a detective said in the arrest report. According to Attalla, Augustama tagged the gym in some of the threatening Instagram posts and included a receipt for bail for an AK-47, later deleting it. Attalla told CNN he immediately informed police about the threats.

The police noted an Instagram profile of Augustama in the affidavit. The profile shows at least three posts with pictures of the Parkland school gunner, including one taken during the 2018 massacre. One post shows a picture of the Parkland school gunner during a court hearing with a caption that appears to threaten employees at the gym where Augustama was a member.

According to the affidavit, Augustama also sent someone a message with a picture of one of the potential victims, stating, “He’ll be first if I get my gun, or something else first (RIP).”

Police say Augustama drove to a nearby pawn shop Tuesday and posted $150 bail on an AK-47. Detectives had been informed of the threats and arrested Augustama at the pawn shop.

Attalla was not aware of any previous problems with Augustama and commended the police for acting quickly.

“We were able to stop someone who could have caused a problem very quickly,” he said.

Augustama is being held at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami on $3 million bail.

According to the organization’s official website, Augustama represented Haiti at the 2008 Olympics. He lost his light heavyweight match in the first round to Washington Silva of Brazil, 6-2. According to website BoxRec, Augustama was 20-3 as a professional boxer, with his last fight in 2017.

The affidavit names his current occupation as a personal trainer.

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