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

Aug 8, 2014

CT Police Nab Suspect in Catalytic Converter Thefts

CT Police Nab Suspect in Catalytic Converter Thefts

Connecticut police have arrested a man accused of stealing catalytic converters from parking lots near the Westport Metro-North station, and they say he could be connected to other thefts in the area.

Aug 8, 2014

City to Pay $2M to Family of Brooklyn Man Killed by Cop Car

City to Pay $2M to Family of Brooklyn Man Killed by Cop Car

New York City has agreed to a $2 million settlement with the family of a Brooklyn man who died in a collision with a police car.

Aug 8, 2014

Rapist in White Scrubs Wanted in 2nd Attack: Sources

Rapist in White Scrubs Wanted in 2nd Attack: Sources

An armed rape suspect wanted in a brazen New York City street attack is now being connected to another assault just a few blocks away, law enforcement sources say.

Aug 7, 2014

Drug Tests Negative for Times Sq Crash Driver: DA

Drug Tests Negative for Times Sq Crash Driver: DA

Prosecutors said late Wednesday they were holding off on a decision to try the driver of a sightseeing bus that plowed into a crowded Times Square plaza until they receive a full toxicology report.

Aug 21, 2014

PBA Blasts Eric Garner Autopsy Report

PBA Blasts Eric Garner Autopsy Report

Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday defended a medical examiner's ruling that a man was killed by neck compressions caused by a police officer's chokehold, while the powerful police union representing rank-and-file...

Aug 5, 2014

Queens Couple Allegedly Starved, Terrorized Child for Years

Queens Couple Allegedly Starved, Terrorized Child for Years

A Queens couple allegedly beat and starved their now 12-year-old daughter for two years, depriving her of food and water and hitting her with baseball bats and broom handles so severely that in one case, the...

Aug 4, 2014

Rikers Guards Beat Youth Inmates, Use Excessive Force: Feds

Rikers Guards Beat Youth Inmates, Use Excessive Force: Feds

The city's juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deeply ingrained culture of violence in which guards routinely violate constitutional rights of teenage inmates and subject them to...

Aug 4, 2014

Sex Offender Posed as Officer, Raped Woman: NYPD

Sex Offender Posed as Officer, Raped Woman: NYPD

Police say they're looking for other possible victims after a high-level sex offender flashing a phony police badge assaulted and raped a woman in Brooklyn.

Aug 1, 2014

Former Yankee Convicted of Sexually Abusing Girl

Former Yankee Convicted of Sexually Abusing Girl

A former New York Yankees outfielder has been convicted of sexually abusing a young girl.

Jul 31, 2014

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Cold-Case Strangle Deaths

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Cold-Case Strangle Deaths

A Long Island man has been arraigned on murder charges in connection with the deaths of two women in the 1990s whose naked bodies were found in the woods.

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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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