Alleged serial robber among two wanted for Arimu Backdam double murder


Investigators probing the brutal murders of gold miners Zaheer Mohammed Sheriff and Donvan Washington are currently on the hunt for two men, who are listed as the prime suspects in the crime.

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Saturday issued wanted bulletins for Kellon Fredericks, 21 and Romain Henry,19.

Their last known addresses are Onderneeming Sandpit, Essequibo Coast and Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo, respectively.

Police said they are wanted for questioning in relation to the murders which occurred on March 03 at Arimu Backdam, Cuyuni River.

Fredericks is known to the Police.

A wanted bulletin was issued for him in February this year for a series of armed robbery which occurred between December 2023 and January 2024 at Hill Backdam, Cuyuni River and Windsor Cattle, Essequibo Coast.

Zaheer Mohammed Sheriff (left) and Donvan Washington

The wanted bulletins were issued days after two persons; Travis Fredericks, 32, and Fernando Fredericks, 28, both miners from Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo were charged helping the men after the robbery and murders.

Fernando is Kellon’s uncle and Travis’ brother.

Fifty-year-old Sheriff, a gold miner of Byderabo Roauyd, Bartica and Washington, a 26-year-old porter of Seventh Avenue, Bartica were murdered around 10:00hrs.

The News Room understands that the prime suspects were allegedly spotted at the scene the night before the incident.

They were also implicated in the crime by their accomplices.

Travis Fredericks, 32, and Fernando Fredericks, 28, were charged over the robbery and murder of the two men

The News Room understands that the incident occurred after Sheriff, who owns a land dredge operation at the Backdam left the mine with about 102 ounces of raw gold.

He was en route to Bartica, with Washington.

Joel Stephen, 39, who is the General Manager of Sheriff’s operation, alleged that about five minutes after the men left the camp, several loud explosions which sounded like gunshots, were heard.

Stephen said he went to make checks in the area and about 500 metres away from the camp, he found both men lying in the trail with gunshot injuries about their bodies.

Both of Sheriff’s firearms- a .32 pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun- and the gold were missing. Stephen then made a report to the Bartica Police Station.

Sheriff’s body was later examined and several wounds were seen on his upper right chest, his upper right thigh, his upper right arm and his left upper back.

Washington’s body was examined and wounds were seen on his lower abdomen, left chest, left shoulder, left elbow, right thigh, left thigh, and his back.

The scene was processed and one .32 magazine with eight live matching rounds, seven 9MM spent shells, and three .32 spent shells were found.

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