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Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12 briefly worked as a floor watcher at the Port St. Lucie West Gold's Gym in Florida in 2005, according to several media reports. Former co-worker Tagreed Lillian Zaky said the shooter verbally abused an openly gay receptionist at the club, flirted with women and was "very loud," during his employment, according to a Daily Mail report.
Johnny Roscoe, 34, faces an assault charge stemming from a June 17 incident at an unnamed fitness center in Franklin, Tennessee, according to the Franklin Police Department. Roscoe allegedly told the victim he was from the "Middle East and an ISIS Muslim" before making a pistol hand gesture and two gunshot sounds while looking at the victim, according to the officer's affidavit. Roscoe was transported to a mental health facility, released and questioned by federal authorities. He was arrested June 23 and is being held in Williamson County Jail on $10,000 bond.
Joseph Richmond, 52, faces charges of third degree sexual assault and fourth degree sexual assault for allegedly inappropriately touching a female client after personal training sessions at G-Form Fitness, Brookfield, Wisconsin. Richmond, a trainer at the gym, denied the assault accusations, according to Brookfield Now.
Angel Ramos, 47, allegedly attempted to rob and sexually assault a 33-year-old woman in a parking lot outside of a Warmister, Pennsylvania, Planet Fitness on June 6. The woman had just left the gym and was sitting in her car, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.
Gilberto Nunez, a 49-year-old dentist accused of poisoning Thomas Kolman to death, was acquitted of second-degree murder in a New York court on June 14. Kolman was found dead in his car in an Ulster, New York, Planet Fitness parking lot by his wife, Linda, on Nov. 29, 2011. Prosecutors alleged Nunez killed Kolman with a cup of coffee laced with the medical sedative midazolam, according to The Daily Freeman.
Colin Clubb, 18, pleaded guilty on June 6 to a felony charge of invasion of privacy for creating cell phone recordings of women in various states of undress at an elementary school and a tanning bed at 24 Fit in Carthage, Missouri. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 1, according to the Joplin Globe.
Dalton Kelley, 21, faces aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault charges for allegedly forcing a woman into his car at an unnamed fitness center in Franklin, Tennessee, on June 12, according to a Franklin Police Department media release. Kelley, who had been involved in a previous relationship with the victim, was released on $20,000 bond.
Shannon Riley, 23, faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct after telling the Romeoville, Illinois, police that a man pulled a gun on her outside of a Life Time Fitness. Her account of the incident was an alleged lie, and she was released on bail and ordered to stay away from the man, according to the Romeoville Patch.
Damien McVay, 26, and his alleged accomplice, Marquail Townsend, 23, are facing charges in county court in Minnesota for allegedly stealing items out of cars over a nearly four month span in over a dozen Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota suburbs this year. The pair was charged in Washington County, where the Woodbury Life Time Fitness parking lot was targeted multiple times, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. There are 22 victims in the case.