Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Feb 26, 2015

Alleged Killer Mom Killed Son With Salt for Attention: Lawyer

Alleged Killer Mom Killed Son With Salt for Attention: Lawyer

A woman accused of force-feeding her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, a prosecutor said Thursday at her trial.

Feb 26, 2015

Bin Laden Confidant Convicted in NYC of Conspiracy in '98 Embassy Bombings

Bin Laden Confidant Convicted in NYC of Conspiracy in '98 Embassy Bombings

A man prosecutors portrayed as one of al-Qaida's early leaders and a close confidant of Osama bin Laden was convicted in New York Thursday of conspiracy in the deadly bombings of two U.S.

Feb 26, 2015

Man Convicted in Wife's Frying Pan Murder Gets 30 Years

Man Convicted in Wife's Frying Pan Murder Gets 30 Years

A New Jersey man convicted of beating his wife with a frying pan and strangling her to death is going to prison for 30 years before parole.

Feb 26, 2015

NYPD Officer's Lawsuit Over Arrest Quotas Gets Revived

NYPD Officer's Lawsuit Over Arrest Quotas Gets Revived

An NYPD officer who said he was punished for complaining about arrest quotas got his lawsuit reinstated Thursday after an appeals court said his criticisms were covered by free speech protections.

Feb 26, 2015

NYC Men Accused of Plotting to Join ISIS Were Vocal: Feds

NYC Men Accused of Plotting to Join ISIS Were Vocal: Feds

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help ISIS were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President...

Feb 26, 2015

Man Guilty of Setting Up Wife's Death While on Walk With Young Son

Man Guilty of Setting Up Wife's Death While on Walk With Young Son

A New York City man was convicted Thursday of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while the couple was on a walk with one of their young sons in New Jersey.

Feb 26, 2015

Woman Arrested in Hate Crime Misidentified as Suspect, Charges Dropped: NYPD

Woman Arrested in Hate Crime Misidentified as Suspect, Charges Dropped: NYPD

A New York City Department of Social Services worker who had been charged with assault as a hate crime after law enforcement sources said she allegedly grabbed a woman by the hair at a Manhattan subway station...

Feb 26, 2015

Teen, Dad Arrested on Sex Assault, Child Porn Charges

Teen, Dad Arrested on Sex Assault, Child Porn Charges

A New Jersey father was arrested on child porn charges after police executed a search warrant at his home in a sexual assault investigation involving his teenage son, prosecutors say.

Feb 26, 2015

3 Men Allegedly Planned to Join ISIS, Attack NYC if They Failed

3 Men Allegedly Planned to Join ISIS, Attack NYC if They Failed

Three Brooklyn men who allegedly plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS and posted online messages about planting a bomb on Coney Island and shooting police officers were taken into custody during FBI...

Feb 25, 2015

Chopper 4 Captures Dramatic Police Chase Across Verrazano

Chopper 4 Captures Dramatic Police Chase Across Verrazano

A man wanted on a federal warrant for failing to appear for sentencing in an aggravated assault case set off a wild chase that started in New Jersey and ended on the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano Bridge when he...

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Documents
Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to comment.

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.

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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last month.

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.

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