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

May 7, 2015

NYPD Officers Attacked by Hatchet-Wielding Stranger Honored

NYPD Officers Attacked by Hatchet-Wielding Stranger Honored

The rookie NYPD officer attacked by a hatchet-wielding stranger police described as a "lone wolf terrorist" was honored as a cop of the year Wednesday, along with his three partners who attended to him as he lay...

May 7, 2015

Officer Attacked With Hatchet in Queens Talks Recovery: Part II

Officer Attacked With Hatchet in Queens Talks Recovery: Part II

NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey talks about his long road to recovery after being attacked by a hatchet-wielding terrorist last fall. Jonathan Dienst has the exclusive interview.

May 6, 2015

Democrats Fail to Oust NY Senate's GOP Leader After Arrest

Democrats Fail to Oust NY Senate's GOP Leader After Arrest

The Republican leader of New York's state Senate has survived a largely symbolic effort by Democratic lawmakers to oust him from his position after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

May 7, 2015

NYPD Psychologist Indicted in Shooting of Sleeping Husband

NYPD Psychologist Indicted in Shooting of Sleeping Husband

A psychologist for the NYPD has been indicted on an attempted murder charge, accused of shooting her husband in the head as he slept in their Westchester County home.

May 6, 2015

Jury in Patz Murder Trial Deadlocked Again, Told to Keep Trying

Jury in Patz Murder Trial Deadlocked Again, Told to Keep Trying

A judge has ordered the 12-person jury in the Etan Patz murder trial back to the deliberation room after the jurors, deliberating for their fifteenth day, sent him a note for the second time saying they could...

May 7, 2015

Cop Hurt in Hatchet Attack: I Thought I Was Going to Die

Cop Hurt in Hatchet Attack: I Thought I Was Going to Die

The rookie NYPD officer critically hurt when a hatchet-wielding stranger ambushed him and three colleagues as they posed for a photo in Queens last fall tells NBC 4 New York in his first comments since the...

May 5, 2015

No Charges for Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Man in Subway

No Charges for Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Man in Subway

The retired New York City correction officer who fatally shot a man in a Brooklyn subway station in March won't be charged in man's death, the Brooklyn district attorney's office announced Monday.

May 5, 2015

Heroin Addict Who Faked Cancer Going to Prison

Heroin Addict Who Faked Cancer Going to Prison

A Long Island woman who scammed people for donations for phony cancer treatments to feed a heroin habit is headed to prison.

May 4, 2015

NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Arrested on Corruption Charges

NY Senate Leader Dean Skelos, Son Arrested on Corruption Charges

New York State Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son were arrested Monday on federal corruption charges, about three months after NBC 4 New York first reported on the investigation into state government’s...

May 4, 2015

NY Senate Leader Could Be Charged This Week: Sources

NY Senate Leader Could Be Charged This Week: Sources

New York State Senate leader Dean G. Skelos and his son could be charged as soon as Monday in connection with a federal corruption investigation, sources familiar with the case tell 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. 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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