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VIDEO: Former Olympic Boxer Tries To Buy AK-47 After Posting Shooting Threats To Social Media

Miami, FL – A former Olympic boxer is being held on a $3 million bond after he threatened a mass shooting and tried to buy an AK-47 (video below).

Police said that 39-year-old Azea Augustama, who worked in Miami as a personal trainer, had his membership revoked at the BOXR Gym in the 1300-block of NE First Avenue after he got into a verbal altercation with another patron, WPLG reported.

Augustama competed as a light-heavyweight boxer for his home nation of Haiti in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and was known as the “Haitian Hitman.”

Mario Attalla, the owner of BOXR Gym, explained to WPLG why he had to cancel the former Olympian’s membership on Nov. 11.

“I think it was just a small incident inside the gym where he was just being very rude to one of the trainers that works 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,’” Attalla recalled.

“He got a little bit upset and aggressive, so we had to pull him aside and say ‘Look, you can’t be talking to people like this,’ and he basically just got angry,” the gym’s owner explained.

Attalla said he told the former Olympic boxer that he was revoking his membership to BOXR Gym, WPLG reported.

“I can’t have you here,” he said he told Augustama.

He said he gave the former professional boxer his money back, WPLG reported.

Attalla said a club member who is an off-duty Miami police officer warned Augustama that if he returned to BOXR, he would be trespassing, WTVJ reported.

On Nov. 22, Augustama returned to BOXR Gym and called the police to ask to retrieve property from the facility.

Police said that afterward, the boxer launched into a social media tirade and posted multiple threats against the gym and its employees to Instagram, including one that showed a picture of the Parkland shooter, mentioned several gyms in the area, and threatened a mass shooting, WPLG reported.

Then Augustama went to a pawn shop in Opa-locka and tried to buy a high-powered rifle, according to investigators.

Police said he sent one gym employee a text message that said he was on his way to buy and AK-47 and asked for a response, according to WPLG.

Moments later, he posted video of himself shopping for an AK-47 at Auto Pawn & Jewelry in the 2100-block of Opa-locka Boulevard.

“At first, he wanted to get it right away, but I explained to him that he cannot, [he had] to wait seven days,” Lucky Pawn & Jewelry employee Lincoln Erazo told WPLG.

Augustama put a $150 deposit down for the AK-47 and left the store, according to police.

But by then, his threats to commit a mass shooting had been referred to law enforcement, WPLG reported.

Authorities said the boxer known as the “Haitian Hitman” was arrested by police three hours after he tried to buy the gun.

Augustama was charged with two counts of written threats to commit a mass shooting and one count of written threats to kill or cause bodily injury, WPLG reported.

He was booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and appeared before Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer on Nov. 23.

Glazer imposed a $1 million bond on each count and told Augustama that if he managed to raise the $3 million he needed for his release, he would be under house arrest in a strict “total lockdown,” WPLG reported.

He was also ordered to stay away from his victims and the gyms he had threatened in his social media posts on Instagram.

“I believe he poses a great danger to the community, as well as the victims, based on his actions and the threats that were made,” Glazer told Augustama’s defense attorney when the lawyer complained the bond was too high.

Watch the former Olympian try to buy a gun in the video below:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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