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

May 22, 2015

Panicked 911 Calls Played in Biker Road Rage Case

Panicked 911 Calls Played in Biker Road Rage Case

Panicked, emotional 911 calls were played as testimony continued Thursday in the case of an SUV driver beaten bloody by a group of angry motorcyclists after he'd run a biker over on a Manhattan highway.

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.

May 21, 2015

D.C Mansion Fire Murders Suspect May Have Been in NYC: Police

D.C Mansion Fire Murders Suspect May Have Been in NYC: Police

The man suspected in the brutal murders of a family and their housekeeper in an exclusive Washington, D.C., neighborhood last week may be in Brooklyn, authorities said Thursday.

May 20, 2015

Hammer Attack Suspect Shot by NYPD Arraigned from Hospital

Hammer Attack Suspect Shot by NYPD Arraigned from Hospital

The hammer-wielding suspect believed to have attacked four strangers within a span of six hours in Manhattan before he was shot after swinging at an NYPD officer on a midtown street has been arraigned on felony...

May 20, 2015

2 DEA Workers Accused of Lying About Owning Strip Club: Complaint

2 DEA Workers Accused of Lying About Owning Strip Club: Complaint

A Drug Enforcement Agency analyst and a recently retired agent were arrested Wednesday morning on charges they allegedly lied on documents about running a strip club in New Jersey, according to a criminal...

May 20, 2015

Cop Hurt in Staten Island Wrong-Way Crash Released From Hospital

Cop Hurt in Staten Island Wrong-Way Crash Released From Hospital

One of the New Jersey police officers injured in a wrong-way crash on Staten Island that killed another officer and a friend has been released from the hospital.

May 20, 2015

7 Rikers Guards Raped Inmates, Lawsuit Alleges

7 Rikers Guards Raped Inmates, Lawsuit Alleges

Seven correction officers at Rikers Island raped and sexually abused female inmates over a two-year period, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Legal Aid Society.

May 19, 2015

2 Arrested in Biggest DEA Heroin Seizure in NY History: Feds

2 Arrested in Biggest DEA Heroin Seizure in NY History: Feds

An investigation of a pair of Bronx drug traffickers has resulted in a record seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin from Mexico worth at least $50 million, authorities said Tuesday.

May 18, 2015

Manhattan DA Says He Intends to Re-try Etan Patz Murder Case

Manhattan DA Says He Intends to Re-try Etan Patz Murder Case

Manhattan's top prosecutor said Monday he plans to re-try the Etan Patz murder case, which ended in mistrial earlier this month after the 12-person jury told a judge for the third time they could not reach...

May 15, 2015

U.S. Postal Facility in NJ Evacuated Over "Sweet Odor": Official

U.S. Postal Facility in NJ Evacuated Over "Sweet Odor": Official

A New Jersey U.S. mail handling facility was evacuated as a precaution Friday as hazmat crews evaluated the area following workers' reports of a strong, sweet smell in the building, authorities said.

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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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