Former Olympics boxer, Azea Augustama, better known as the “Haitian Hitman” has been arrested in South Florida, United States. for threatening to shoot persons at a gym.
According to an arrest affidavit, Augustama, who represented Haiti at the 2008 Olympics, was arrested on Tuesday.
He was nabbed after putting a deposit down to buy an AK-47 rifle.
Augustama was accused of three felonies, two counts of issuing written threats to commit a mass shooting; as well as one count of threatening to kill or do bodily harm, the affidavit said.
CNN reports that the incident began when Augustama, who works as a personal trainer, had his membership revoked and was given a trespass warning earlier this month from BOXR Gym on Northeast 1st Avenue in Miami after he got into an argument with someone, an arrest report said.
On Tuesday, he called the police so he could return to the gym to get some personal items. Afterward, he began making threatening posts on Instagram, the report said.
In one of the posts, he included a picture of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman with a long caption that he was “considering shooting” multiple people at the gym, the report said.
Augustama added that he was “willing to shoot with an actual gun or bazooka for righteousness sake,” the report said.
He also sent a message to a witness with a photo of one of the intended victims that said; “he’s first when I get my gun or with something else first (RIP),” the report said.
Augustama then went to a pawn shop in Opa-locka, where he placed a $150 deposit on an AK-47.
Surveillance footage showed him handling the weapon inside the pawn shop.
At a court hearing Wednesday, Augustama was ordered held on a $3 million bond. Mateo Attalla, who owns the gym, said police were quick to respond to the threats.
“Police automatically, they saw what was going on, because he was tagging the gym and stuff, so they immediately jumped on it quickly,” Attalla said.