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

Feb 19, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty in NYC Bomb Plot

Man Pleads Guilty in NYC Bomb Plot

A man accused of building homemade bombs to wage holy war in New York City pleaded guilty Wednesday to a terrorism charge less than a week before his scheduled trial in a rare state-level terrorism case.

Oct 21, 2013

L.I. Man Accused of Conspiring to Help al-Qaida

L.I. Man Accused of Conspiring to Help al-Qaida

Federal agents and local police say a Long Island man has been arrested on terror-related charges for allegedly conspiring with several associates, including an 18-year-old former Long Island high...

Aug 9, 2013

Man in Plot to Blow Up NY Fed Reserve Gets 30 Years

Man in Plot to Blow Up NY Fed Reserve Gets 30 Years

A 22-year-old Bangladeshi man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges for trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

Jul 11, 2013

Aspiring Terrorist: Met With Others on L.I. to Talk Killings

Aspiring Terrorist: Met With Others on L.I. to Talk Killings

An admitted aspiring terrorist from Long Island told authorities he met with other people locally to discuss going overseas to kill Americans, court documents show, although the teenage suspect is the...

Jun 26, 2013

Long Island Teen, Inspired by Bin Laden, Admits Helping al-Qaida

Long Island Teen, Inspired by Bin Laden, Admits Helping al-Qaida

An 18-year-old Long Island high school student inspired by Osama bin Laden tried to travel to Yemen and join al-Qaida operatives in waging “violent jihad,” federal authorities said Wednesday.

May 9, 2013

Man Charged in NY Linked to Canadian Terror Suspects

Man Charged in NY Linked to Canadian Terror Suspects

A Tunisian man has been charged in New York for lying about his work visa because he wanted to facilitate "an act of terrorism" and authorities say he had connections to the thwarted terror plot that...

Apr 23, 2013

NYC Trains Possibly Scouted in Canada Terror Plot

NYC Trains Possibly Scouted in Canada Terror Plot

Canadian officials have thwarted a terror plot that envisioned derailing a train in Toronto, and multiple sources say that Amtrak trains out of New York may have been scouted by the suspects.

Feb 7, 2013

Fed Reserve Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty

Fed Reserve Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty

A Bangladesh native pleaded guilty to terror charges in Brooklyn federal court on Thursday for attempting to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan last fall. "I had intended to commit a...

Feb 6, 2013

Fed Reserve Terror Suspect Expected to Plead Guilty

Fed Reserve Terror Suspect Expected to Plead Guilty

The terror suspect charged in a plot to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan last fall is expected to plead guilty Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.

Dec 4, 2012

NYC Synagogue Bomb Plot Suspect Pleads Guilty

NYC Synagogue Bomb Plot Suspect Pleads Guilty

An Algerian immigrant charged with plotting to blow up New York City synagogues pleaded guilty Tuesday in a rare state-level terror case.

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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

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

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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