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

Jun 29, 2015

Man Called in 11 JFK Bomb Threats: "It's a Pleasure to Kill": DA

Man Called in 11 JFK Bomb Threats: "It's a Pleasure to Kill": DA

A 64-year-old Manhattan man has been arrested, accused of calling in nearly a dozen bomb threats targeting Kennedy Airport travelers and police officers in the course of 16 days in June, authorities say.

May 7, 2015

Exclusive: NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

Exclusive:  NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

The four officers who were attacked in Queens last October speak exclusively to News 4's Jonathan Dienst.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. Citizen Arrested in NJ on Terror Charges, 5th Such Arrest This Month

U.S. Citizen Arrested in NJ on Terror Charges, 5th Such Arrest This Month

The FBI arrested a U.S. citizen in New Jersey early Monday on terror-related charges amid heightened security concerns heading into the July 4 holiday, NBC 4 New York first reported.

Jun 24, 2015

Judge: Lawsuit for Slain Hofstra Student Can Proceed

Judge: Lawsuit for Slain Hofstra Student Can Proceed

A police officer "carelessly discharged" his firearm when he fatally shot a college student being held hostage in her off-campus home, the woman's family alleged in a wrongful death lawsuit Friday against Nassau...

Jun 26, 2015

One Escaped Killer Shot Dead After 21-Day Manhunt

One Escaped Killer Shot Dead After 21-Day Manhunt

One of the convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York three weeks ago, leading police on a manhunt through miles of difficult terrain, was shot and killed by law...

Jun 26, 2015

Religious Leaders Taking Steps to Boost Security After Charleston Shooting

Religious Leaders Taking Steps to Boost Security After Charleston Shooting

Police offered security tips to dozens of religious and community leaders in Suffolk County. Jonathan Dienst reports

Jun 23, 2015

NYC to Pay $6.25M to Man Wrongly Jailed for 25 Years

NYC to Pay $6.25M to Man Wrongly Jailed for 25 Years

New York City has agreed to pay $6.25 million to a man who spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated in a killing that happened while he was more than 1,000 miles away vacationing at Disney World...

Jun 18, 2015

NJ Man Arrested in ISIS-Related Raid, 4th Tri-State Terror Arrest This Week: Officials

NJ Man Arrested in ISIS-Related Raid, 4th Tri-State Terror Arrest This Week: Officials

A man suspected of supporting ISIS-related activities was arrested as FBI agents raided a home in New Jersey early Thursday, accused of conspiring with at least one of the other men arrested in the area...

Jun 19, 2015

Man Killed After Attacking Cop With 11-Inch Hunting Knife: Police

Man Killed After Attacking Cop With 11-Inch Hunting Knife: Police

A 24-year-old uniformed NYPD officer assigned to transit foot patrol in Brighton Beach shot and killed a man who attacked him with an 11-inch hunting knife when the cop tried to arrest him for attacking...

Jun 18, 2015

Man Admits Killing Ex-Scout Leader Who He Says Raped Him

Man Admits Killing Ex-Scout Leader Who He Says Raped Him

A former Boy Scout pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his troop leader, who he claimed had raped him over many years.

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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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