Former Olympic boxer arrested in South Florida for mass shooting threats

By Leyla Santiago and Denise Royal, CNN

A former North Miami Olympic boxer has been arrested and charged with threatening to shoot down a gym in South Florida, an arrest affidavit shows.

Asea Augustama, who represented Haiti at the 2008 Olympics, was arrested Tuesday after she put down a deposit to buy an AK-47. or cause bodily harm — the affidavit said.

CNN has contacted his attorney for comment.

Augustama’s membership to Miami’s Boxr gym was revoked on Nov. 11 after an argument, police say in the court document.

“Something wasn’t right. He was just acting a little weird and started acting aggressive,” Mateo Attalla, owner of Boxr, told CNN over the phone.

On Tuesday morning, 39-year-old Augustama called police and returned to the gym to collect his belongings, according to the affidavit.

“He was escorted in with the police to pick up belongings and of course they weren’t there,” Attalla said.

That same day, he posted several disturbing social media posts that contained “threats to kill or inflict bodily harm 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 a deposit for an AK-47, later removing them. Attalla told CNN he immediately notified police of the threats.

Police noted an Instagram profile of Augustama in the affidavit. The profile shows at least three posts with images of the Parkland school shooter, including one taken during the 2018 massacre. One post shows an image of the Parkland school shooter at a court hearing with a caption saying the seems to threaten employees at the gym where Augustama had been a member.

According to the affidavit, Augustama also messaged someone with a photo of one of the potential victims, stating “he’s first if I get my gun or something else first (RIP).”

Police say Augustama drove to a nearby pawnshop on Tuesday and put down a $150 deposit on an AK-47. Detectives had been made aware of the threats and arrested Augustama at the pawn shop.

Attalla was unaware of past problems with Augustama and praised 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.

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

The affidavit lists his current occupation as a personal trainer.

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