Who is Azea Agustama? Ex-Olympic boxer arrested for threatening to orchestrate mass shooting in Florida
MIAMI, FLORIDA: An ex-pro boxer who was once dubbed "one of the world's brightest up-and-coming light heavyweights" was jailed after threatening to shoot up a gym after being barred from fighting. Azea Augustama, who represented Haiti in the 2008 Olympics, was arrested Tuesday, November 22, after putting a deposit down on an AK-47. He was charged with three felonies.
According to the affidavit, he was charged with two counts of issuing written threats to commit a mass shooting and one count of threatening to kill or do bodily harm. The 39-year-old, known as the "Haitian Hitman," was working as a personal trainer at Miami's BOXR Gym from where he was banned, according to reports.
According to a police report from DailyMail.com, he was issued a trespassing notice on November 11. Agustama then shared a photo of the shooter from the horrific 2018 Parkland school massacre on Instagram on Tuesday, November 22, saying that he "was considering shooting" a group of people who say he "touched a girl." This is apparently after he told the cops he was returning to the gym to grab his items. The ex-boxer stated that he is "willing to shoot with an actual gun or bazooka [sic]."
"He's first when I get my gun," he allegedly texted a gym member, along with a picture. The owner of the gym, Mario Attalla, had reportedly informed Augustama, "I can't have you here," revoking his membership, promising to refund the former pro boxer's money. Cops claim Augustama admitted to making threats after being seen putting down $150 for a rifle in a pawn shop after being banned. He was scheduled to appear in Miami-Dade County court on Wednesday, November 23, according to DailyMail.com. Attalla, BOXR Gym's owner, detailed what allegedly sparked the Olympian boxer's wrath. "I think it was just a small incident inside the gym where he was just being very rude to one of the trainers that work(s) here, and the trainer basically said to him 'look, I've got a class running, we've got people here, I just need you to finish up your training'." he explained. He became agitated and confrontational, so we had to draw him away and tell him, 'You can't be talking to people like this,' and he basically just became irate," as reported by Daily Star.