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

Nov 13, 2014

Hofstra Student's Turban Kept Him Out of ROTC: Lawsuit

Hofstra Student's Turban Kept Him Out of ROTC: Lawsuit

A Hofstra University student from New York City is suing after he says he was barred from joining the Army Reserve Training Corps program on campus because of the long hair, beard and turban he keeps for...

Nov 13, 2014

New Video Shows Suspect in Brazen Midtown Jewel Heist

New Video Shows Suspect in Brazen Midtown Jewel Heist

Newly released surveillance video shows one of the suspects being sought in connection with Tuesday's brazen mid-day jewelry store heist in midtown.

Nov 12, 2014

Ex-Cop Gets Up to Life in Prison for Wife's Murder

Ex-Cop Gets Up to Life in Prison for Wife's Murder

A 52-year-old retired NYPD officer was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison Wednesday for murdering his wife in their Queens home three years ago.

Nov 7, 2014

Dad Gets 45 Years for Stabbing Wife, Daughters to Death

Dad Gets 45 Years for Stabbing Wife, Daughters to Death

An angry judge called the man who admitted to stabbing his wife and two young daughters to death in a jealous rage a "vile and despicable person" as he handed down a 45-year sentence in the killings.

Nov 6, 2014

Vodka, Heroin, Razors Easy to Smuggle Into Rikers: Probe

Vodka, Heroin, Razors Easy to Smuggle Into Rikers: Probe

Contraband is so easy to get inside Rikers Island that just about any inmate with money can get their hands on drugs or weapons, a city Department of Investigation probe revealed.

Nov 5, 2014

Mom Guilty of Drugging Son, 8, to Death in Hotel Room

Mom Guilty of Drugging Son, 8, to Death in Hotel Room

A millionaire pharmaceuticals entrepreneur has been found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of her 8-year-old developmentally disabled son after deliberately giving him a lethal dose of...

Nov 5, 2014

Cops Plead Not Guilty to Charges in Assault on Teen

Cops Plead Not Guilty to Charges in Assault on Teen

Two NYPD officers are expected to be arraigned in Brooklyn on assault and official misconduct charges for allegedly punching and hitting a 16-year-old drug suspect in the face with a gun while the teen had...

Nov 3, 2014

Man Robs Boy at Knifepoint on Street Corner: NYPD

Man Robs Boy at Knifepoint on Street Corner: NYPD

Police say they're looking for a suspect who robbed a teenager of his designer accessories on a Bronx street at knifepoint last Friday.

Nov 1, 2014

Jersey City Man Who Stabbed Wife, 4 Children Sentenced

Jersey City Man Who Stabbed Wife, 4 Children Sentenced

A northern New Jersey man who stabbed his wife and four children after the couple agreed to separate is now headed to state prison.

Oct 31, 2014

Police Look for Link Between Ax Attacks on Cops

Police Look for Link Between Ax Attacks on Cops

The NYPD is working with authorities in Washington, D.C., to determine if there's a connection between an ax on a police officer in the U.S. capital Friday and a similar attack on a group of New York cops...

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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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