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

Jan 27, 2016

$14M of Heroin Found Stuffed in Truck Axles in Queens

$14M of Heroin Found Stuffed in Truck Axles in Queens

Authorities say they seized $14 million worth of heroin during a traffic stop in Queens Tuesday night.

Jan 27, 2016

Man Kills Girlfriend, Wounds Downstairs Neighbor in Shootings: NYPD

Man Kills Girlfriend, Wounds Downstairs Neighbor in Shootings: NYPD

Two women were shot, one fatally, in Queens Tuesday morning in what police say may have stemmed from some sort of domestic dispute.

Jan 21, 2016

Man Named in Anonymous Cop Shooting Tip Won't Be Charged

Man Named in Anonymous Cop Shooting Tip Won't Be Charged

A man who an anonymous tipster claimed had pledged his allegiance to ISIS and was planning to shoot police officers in New York and Philadelphia has turned himself in to police, law enforcement sources tell NBC...

Jan 15, 2016

More Time Needed to Investigate Gang Rape Case, Prosecutors Say

More Time Needed to Investigate Gang Rape Case, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors investigating an 18-year-old woman's report of being gang raped by five teenage boys in a Brooklyn playground last week have told a judge they need more time to gather evidence before they decide...

Jan 15, 2016

4 of 5 Teens in Gang Rape Case to Be Released Without Bail

4 of 5 Teens in Gang Rape Case to Be Released Without Bail

Four of the five teenage boys charged in the alleged gang rape of a 18-year-old woman in a Brooklyn park last week will be released from jail without bail, Brooklyn's top prosecutor said.

Jan 13, 2016

Cops to Scrutinize Phone Video in Brooklyn Gang Rape Case

Cops to Scrutinize Phone Video in Brooklyn Gang Rape Case

New York City police say they're looking for video evidence on three cellphones seized from teen boys suspected in the gang rape of an 18-year-old Brooklyn woman.

Jan 13, 2016

Maryland Man Pleads Not Guilty to Terror Charges in NY

Maryland Man Pleads Not Guilty to Terror Charges in NY

A Maryland man arrested on charges he fought on behalf of an al-Qaida-affiliated terror group in Somalia pleaded not guilty Wednesday and his lawyer said he will fight the charges.

Jan 13, 2016

Four of 5 Suspects in Brooklyn Gang Rape Appear in Court; 5th Charged

Four of 5 Suspects in Brooklyn Gang Rape Appear in Court; 5th Charged

The fifth suspect authorities had been searching for in the gang rape of a woman in a Brooklyn park last week was arrested and charged as police detailed their investigation into the rape for the first...

Jan 11, 2016

Maryland Man Faces Terror Charges in New York

Maryland Man Faces Terror Charges in New York

A Maryland man who allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorists has been flown back to New York to face terror charges.

Jan 12, 2016

Friendly Fire Wounded Cop Shot Responding to Brawl: Police

Friendly Fire Wounded Cop Shot Responding to Brawl: Police

The 25-year-old NYPD officer shot in the ankle responding to a fight that broke out at a large party in the Bronx over the weekend was injured by friendly fire, a police spokesman 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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