Ex-pro boxer bought AK-47, planned mass shooting at Florida gym, police say – Update Flor

MIAMI – A former professional boxer has been arrested after Miami police say he bought an AK-47 rifle and was preparing to shoot up a gym.

Azea Augustama, 39, of North Miami was jailed early Wednesday morning and charged with two felony counts of making written threats to commit a mass shooting and one count of making threats to kill.

Known in boxing as the “Haitian Hitman”, Augustama competed for Haiti at the 2008 Olympics in China as a light heavyweight. He also recorded 18 wins as a professional boxer, frequently appearing on cards at the Miami Jai-Alai Casino and other venues in the mid-2010s.

A judge Wednesday afternoon ordered Augusta held on $3 million bail plus house arrest if he posts the money. An assistant public defender said Augustama doesn’t have the money, calling the $3 million amount “equal to no bond.”

“I believe he poses a great danger to the community,” Circuit Judge Mindy Glazer responded.

According to the police arrest report, Augustama was a personal trainer and a member of BOXR Gym, 1310 NE First Ave.

But his membership was revoked and he was issued a trespass warning on Nov. 11 after he got into an argument with someone at the facility, police said. Business owner Mateo Attalla told the Miami Herald that Augustama had only been a member for about four months and got into an argument because the boxing trainer needed the space to start a class.

“He was a little upset that he couldn’t finish practice,” Attalla said. “He said to the trainer, let’s jump in the ring and fight it out.

The trainer didn’t bite and informed Attalla, who canceled his membership and gave Augustam the money he had already paid. Augustama left with seemingly no problems.

But on Tuesday, according to the Augustama report, he called police to say he wanted to pick up his belongings at the gym.

He then posted a photo of the Parkland school shooter on Instagram with the caption that he was “considering shooting” a bunch of people because he got fired and “said I touched a girl,” the report said.

Augustama also wrote that he was “willing to shoot with a real gun or bazooka (sic),” the report said. He also sent a picture to one of the people at one gym, saying, “It’s the first time I get my gun,” the report said.

The post also contained a threat to harm an employee of another local gym, KO Zone, according to police.

Attalla said he has since learned that Augustama has been kicked out of many boxing gyms. “He’s not stable in the head,” he said. Police say the threats were not empty.

Augustama then drove to Auto Pawn & Jewelry in Opa-locka on Tuesday afternoon and put down a $150 deposit on an AK-47 rifle.

By then details of the threats had been sent to Violent Crime Commanders. Kevin Ruggiero. Along with Sgt. Eladio Paez and Detective Joshua Lara started following his Instagram page – and managed to nab him at a pawn shop.

Augustama couldn’t take the gun right away because he didn’t have a concealed weapons permit, Miami Detective Luddwidge Refuse told a Miami-Dade judge Wednesday.

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“If he (didn’t) have a concealed weapons permit, I believe he would have purchased the gun and been able to carry out his threats,” Refuse said.

According to the police report, Augustama admitted to posting the threats and purchasing the AK-47. Augustama was born in Haiti and moved to the United States as a young boy, graduating from North Miami Beach High.

At the age of 15, he began winning titles around the state and the world, compiling an amateur record of 60-10 with the Hollywood Police Athletic League boxing team. He made his professional debut in 2010, with proceeds from one early fight going to aid survivors of the devastating earthquake that tore apart the island nation.

“That will forever be in my heart,” Augustama later told the Herald. “When you think you’re having a bad day, there are still many people in Haiti trying to rebuild their lives. This puts everything into perspective.”


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