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

Nov 24, 2014

Confession Can Be Used in Etan Patz Trial: Judge

Confession Can Be Used in Etan Patz Trial: Judge

A judge has ruled that a video of a man confessing to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 is allowed in court.

Nov 23, 2014

NYC Man Offered $3.6M After Wrongful Conviction

NYC Man Offered $3.6M After Wrongful Conviction

A man whose New York City murder conviction was overturned after he spent over 20 years in prison is being offered $3.6 million from the state.

Nov 21, 2014

Cop Testifies in Grand Jury Hearing on Garner Death

Cop Testifies in Grand Jury Hearing on Garner Death

A grand jury heard testimony Friday from a police officer involved in the chokehold death of an unarmed man, a development signaling that it could be close to deciding whether he should face criminal charges in...

Nov 21, 2014

Man Arrested in Death of 3-Year-Old Bronx Boy

Man Arrested in Death of 3-Year-Old Bronx Boy

Police say they've arrested a man in the death of a 3-year-old boy in the Bronx last week.

Nov 21, 2014

Bronx Man Jailed for 18 Years Despite 13 Alibi Witnesses

Bronx Man Jailed for 18 Years Despite 13 Alibi Witnesses

Richard Rosario sat down in the visiting room of an upstate New York prison and began to recount the same story he’s been telling since a summer evening nearly two decades ago.

Nov 20, 2014

Bronx Man Indicted in 3-State Crime Spree

Bronx Man Indicted in 3-State Crime Spree

A federal grand jury in New Jersey has indicted a man accused of waging a three-state crime spree from Pennsylvania to New York that ended when he crashed near the George Washington Bridge.

Nov 18, 2014

Hatchet Attack on Officers Was "Act of Terror": FBI

Hatchet Attack on Officers Was "Act of Terror": FBI

The hatchet attack on a group of NYPD officers in Queens last month, critically injuring one of them, is being considered an act of terror, FBI Director James Comey said Monday.

Nov 18, 2014

Associate Arrested in Diamond District Heist: Police

Associate Arrested in Diamond District Heist: Police

Police say they have arrested a man in last week's brazen mid-day jewelry store heist in midtown, but are still looking for the two suspects who executed the robbery.

Nov 17, 2014

Godfather Sentenced in Beating Death of Boy, 4

Godfather Sentenced in Beating Death of Boy, 4

A New York man who admitted beating his girlfriend's 4-year-old godson to death because he wouldn't take a nap has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Nov 14, 2014

Martial Arts Instructor Sexually Assaulted Girl: Prosecutor

Martial Arts Instructor Sexually Assaulted Girl: Prosecutor

A New Jersey martial arts instructor has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a girl multiple times inside a studio he co-owns, authorities say.

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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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