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

Apr 14, 2015

Accuser Testifies in Banker's Hamptons Bathroom Rape Trial

Accuser Testifies in Banker's Hamptons Bathroom Rape Trial

An Irish tourist who has accused a former Manhattan investment banker of raping her at an East Hamptons house he rented with his wife in the summer of 2013 has testified that she used "every ounce of strength"...

Apr 8, 2015

4 Terror Plot Suspects Plead Not Guilty in NYC

4 Terror Plot Suspects Plead Not Guilty in NYC

Four men accused of plotting to send U.S. residents overseas to fight for the Islamic State group appeared in court together for the first time Wednesday to face federal terrorism charges.

Apr 8, 2015

Cop in Viral Uber Rant Video Apologizes

Cop in Viral Uber Rant Video Apologizes

The NYPD detective seen on video apparently verbally abusing an Uber driver in a roadside tirade earlier this week apologized Friday for his actions, telling NBC 4 New York in an exclusive interview that his...

Apr 6, 2015

4th Man Charged in NYC Islamic State Recruitment Plot

4th Man Charged in NYC Islamic State Recruitment Plot

Prosecutors have charged a fourth man in a New York City terrorism case involving recruitment by the Islamic State.

Apr 7, 2015

Evidence Points to Gas Tampering at Blast Site: Investigators

Evidence Points to Gas Tampering at Blast Site: Investigators

Initial evidence recovered from the part of the basement that survived the deadly East Village explosion that rocked the city last month, killing two people and injuring nearly two dozen, shows signs of physical...

Apr 2, 2015

U.S. Citizen Accused of Conspiring to Kill Americans Faces NYC Terror Trial

U.S. Citizen Accused of Conspiring to Kill Americans Faces NYC Terror Trial

An American citizen considered to be a significant al-Qaida operative was brought to New York City Thursday to stand trial on terror charges for allegedly conspiring to kill U.S. military personnel and civilians...

Apr 2, 2015

"Outraged" Menendez Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption

"Outraged" Menendez Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges in Newark court Thursday, a day after he was indicted on bribery and conspiracy offenses in connection with an ongoing...

Apr 3, 2015

NYC Women Accused in Bomb Plot Had Propane Tanks: Complaint

NYC Women Accused in Bomb Plot Had Propane Tanks: Complaint

Two women accused of plotting to plant bombs in the United States, one of whom allegedly called Osama bin Laden her hero and praised the World Trade Center attacks, were arrested on terror charges in Queens...

Apr 2, 2015

Sen. Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

Sen. Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been indicted on federal corruption charges in connection with an ongoing investigation into his business dealings with a Florida doctor, authorities said Wednesday.

Apr 2, 2015

6 Indicted on Bias, Robbery Charges in NJ Armed Home Invasion Spree

6 Indicted on Bias, Robbery Charges in NJ Armed Home Invasion Spree

Six Texas residents arrested last year in connection with a string of nearly half a dozen armed home invasions targeting families of Asian-Indian descent in one New Jersey county have been indicted on charges of...

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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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