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Former pro boxer bought AK-47, planned mass shooting at Miami gym, police say

David Ovalle, Miami Herald on

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The post, police say, also included a threat to harm an employee at another gym, KO Zone, on Northwest 54th Street.

Attalla said he’s since learned Agustama had been kicked out of numerous boxing gyms. “He’s not stable in the head,” he said.

Cops say the threats were not idle. Agustama on Tuesday afternoon then drove to Auto Pawn & Jewelry in Opa-locka and placed a $150 deposit on an AK-47 rifle.

By then, details of the threats had been sent to Violent Crimes Cmdr. Kevin Ruggiero. Along with Sgt. Eladio Paez and Detective Joshua Lara, they began tracking his Instagram page — and managed to detain him at the pawn shop.

Agustama could not take the gun right away because he did not have a concealed weapons permit, Miami Detective Luddwidge Refuse told a Miami-Dade judge on Wednesday.

“If not for him (not) having a concealed weapons permit, I believe he would have purchased the firearm and could have carried out his threats,” Refuse said.

 

According to the police report, Agustama confessed to publishing the threats and buying the AK-47.

Agustama was born in Haiti and moved to the United States as a young boy, graduating from North Miami Beach High. By age 15, he’d started winning titles around the state and world, building a 60-10 amateur record with the Hollywood Police Athletic League boxing team.

He made his professional debut in 2010, with proceeds of one early fight donated to relief efforts for survivors of the devastating earthquake that shattered the island nation.

“That will always stay in my heart,’‘ Agustama later told the Herald. ”When you think you are having a bad day, there are many people in Haiti still struggling to rebuild their lives. That puts everything into perspective.’‘

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