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

Dec 4, 2014

Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Death Imminent: Sources

Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Death Imminent: Sources

A New York City grand jury is expected to vote Wednesday on whether there was any criminal wrongdoing in the police chokehold death of Eric Garner, the unarmed man who was killed while being arrested on...

Dec 2, 2014

Man Convicted of Smothering Brooklyn Teen, Setting Body on Fire

Man Convicted of Smothering Brooklyn Teen, Setting Body on Fire

A 22-year-old Maine man was convicted Tuesday of smothering a 14-year-old girl then setting her body on fire on a Brooklyn beach early last year because he thought she was pregnant, prosecutors say.

Dec 3, 2014

NYC Grand Jury Nears Decision on Eric Garner Death

NYC Grand Jury Nears Decision on Eric Garner Death

Amid the fallout from a grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri, a panel in New York City is quietly nearing its own conclusion about another combustible case...

Nov 26, 2014

Drunk Driver Convicted in Crash That Killed L.I. Grad

Drunk Driver Convicted in Crash That Killed L.I. Grad

A Long Island man has been convicted in a 2012 drunk-driving crash that killed a recent high school graduate, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Nov 25, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Deadly Subway Push

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Deadly Subway Push

A grand jury has indicted a 34-year-old man on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for pushing a stranger in front of a moving New York City subway train, killing him.

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.

Dec 3, 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. “I turned myself in when I...

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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. Jonathan Dienst...

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. And now New...

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 star...

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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