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

Jan 21, 2014

"Central Park 5" Lawsuit Put on Hold

"Central Park 5" Lawsuit Put on Hold

A federal magistrate judge has put the decade-old Central Park jogger case on hold so the parties can work toward a settlement.

Oct 17, 2013

Woman, 74, to Central Park Rapist: "Rot in Hell"

Woman, 74, to Central Park Rapist: "Rot in Hell"

A 74-year-old birdwatcher has told the ex-convict who raped her in Central Park that he's a "sexual terrorist."

Oct 2, 2013

Drifter Pleads Guilty in Central Park Rape

Drifter Pleads Guilty in Central Park Rape

An ex-convict whose violent history terrified his West Virginia hometown admitted Tuesday that he raped a septuagenarian bird-watcher in New York's Central Park in a case that prompted calls for tougher...

Jul 7, 2013

Shirtless Man Tries to Grope Woman Near Central Park: Cops

Shirtless Man Tries to Grope Woman Near Central Park: Cops

Police are searching for a man who allegedly tried to sexually assault a Broadway understudy on her way home early Tuesday after a night of drinking at a midtown bar.

Feb 19, 2013

Judge Blocks NYC from Ken Burns Film Footage

Judge Blocks NYC from Ken Burns Film Footage

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked New York City from getting footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his movie about the five men exonerated in the Central Park jogger rape case.

Oct 9, 2012

More Victims in Central Park Sex Assault Case

More Victims in Central Park Sex Assault Case

New York City prosecutors say a drifter accused in the alleged rape a 73-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park also groped two more women.

Sep 19, 2012

Man Indicted in Central Park Rape

Man Indicted in Central Park Rape

New York City prosecutors say a grand jury has voted to indict a drifter on charges he sexually assaulted a 73-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park.

Oct 9, 2012

Central Park Rape Suspect Eyed in WV Slay

Central Park Rape Suspect Eyed in WV Slay

A drifter accused of brazenly raping an elderly woman in broad daylight in Central Park was a person of interest in a 2002 slaying in his home state of West Virginia, but investigators never had enough evidence...

Sep 14, 2012

No Bail for Central Park Rape Suspect

No Bail for Central Park Rape Suspect

A suspect in connection with the violent sexual assault of a 73-year-old birdwatcher in Central Park Wednesday was arraigned overnight Thursday, and is currently being held without bail, authorities said.

Sep 14, 2012

Central Park Rape Suspect Arrested

Central Park Rape Suspect Arrested

The 73-year-old birdwatcher who was violently sexually assaulted in Central Park has identified her attacker, a law enforcement official tells NBC 4 New York.

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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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