A glamorous NYPD cop is charged with racketeering after he helped his gangster boyfriend flee to the Dominican Republic before his colleagues could arrest him for murder
- Gina Mestre, 33, helped her boyfriend Andrew Done, 24, flee before he was arrested
- She now faces 60 years in prison for federal racketeering for helping the Shooting Boys gang
An NYPD cop has been charged with racketeering after he helped his gangster boyfriend flee to the Dominican Republic before his fellow force members could arrest him for murder.
Gina Mestre, 33, started dating 24-year-old Andrew ‘Caballo’ Done in the summer of 2020 while working as a cop in the Bronx’s 52nd Precinct.
He was the leader of the Shooting Boys, a notorious gang whose members were charged with murder, attempted murder, heroin and cocaine trafficking and other crimes.
Enchanted by her newfound love, she not only helped him evade arrest for a broad daylight shooting, but also told members of her gang who had spoken out against them which led to violent assaults.
Prosecutors say she also warned them that a grand jury indictment against the gang was being prepared so they could take steps to cover up their crimes.
Gina Mestre, 33, started dating 24-year-old Andrew ‘Caballo’ Done in the summer of 2020 while working as a cop in the Bronx’s 52nd Precinct
In November 2020, Done was caught on surveillance camera killing a member of a rival gang.
His girlfriend was part of the police force tasked with identifying and locating him.
Instead, she sent him a copy of the video and told him he was “hot”. This gave him enough time to flee to the Dominican Republic.
Mestre remained in New York and continued to work with the force until her involvement with the gang was made public in March 2022.
This coincided with the arrests of several gang members, according to US prosecutors who charged Mestre yesterday.
Now Mestre faces up to 60 years behind bars. Done was arrested in the Dominican Republic last year and returned to the United States, where he remains in detention.
Done was caught on surveillance camera murdering a member of a rival gang in November 2020. He shot the other man through the windshield. His girlfriend warned him, allowing him to flee to the Dominican Republic
Mestre was fired last year. She has since been charged and released on a personal bond of $250,000.
As he announced the indictment against Mestre, US Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, Gina Mestre shamelessly exploited her position of public trust to aid gang members in her own neighborhood of NYPD who terrorized the Bronx by committing robberies, murders, drug dealing, and other acts of violence.
‘The indictment unsealed today alleges that the defendant abused her position as an NYPD police officer by, among other things, obstructing a federal grand jury investigation into the gang and aiding the leader of the gang to evade capture for a cold-blooded murder committed in broad daylight.
“The defendant’s alleged conduct violates the oath she swore to protect the public – as well as her fellow NYPD officers – from the type of criminal activity she aided the gang in committing.
“This indictment is a clear signal that my office and our law enforcement partners will remain vigilant in combating all forms of police corruption.”
Mestre pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Done was convicted of murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison in February.