Rondell Rawlins

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Rondell "Fineman" Rawlins (c. 1975 – August 28, 2008) was a Guyanese gang leader and fugitive believed responsible for a number of crimes in that South American nation. Rawlins was responsible for the murder of Guyanese Agriculture Minister Satyadeow Sawh on April 22, 2006, along with Sawh's brother and a security guard.[verification needed] On January 26, 2008, Rawlins and his men killed eleven people, including five children, in an attack on the village of Lusignan in what is known as the Lusignan Massacre.[verification needed] On February 17, the gang carried out the Bartica Massacre, when they attacked the town of Bartica, Essequibo, and killed 12 people including three police officers.[1]

Rawlins believed that his missing girlfriend had been abducted by the government, thus motivating the massacres.[2]

The Guyanese government put a reward of 50 million Guyanese dollars (US$250,000) on Rawlins and launched a nationwide manhunt. The search for Rawlins came to an end on August 28, 2008, when police caught up with Rawlins at one of his hideouts near the capital Georgetown. Police shot and killed Rawlins and two other gang members in the shootout that followed.[3]


  1. ^ Ramoutar, Paras (2008-02-19). "Bartica in Guyana turns into ghost town after massacre". Thaindian news. Retrieved 2008-10-29.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Korten, Tristram (2008-06-15). "Gang's Terror Spree was Years in the Making". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (2008-08-29). "Guyana agents kill massacre suspect in raid". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 

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