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

Feb 10, 2015

Building Inspectors to Be Arrested for Corruption: Sources

Building Inspectors to Be Arrested for Corruption: Sources

About a dozen New York City building inspectors are expected to be arrested on corruption-related charges Tuesday, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Feb 9, 2015

Feds to Seek Death Penalty Against Reputed NJ Gang Head

Feds to Seek Death Penalty Against Reputed NJ Gang Head

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey will seek the death penalty for only the second time against a man they say led a violent street gang charged in 2013 with six murders.

Feb 9, 2015

Friend, Ex-Wife of Etan Patz Suspect Testify He Confessed to Killing

Friend, Ex-Wife of Etan Patz Suspect Testify He Confessed to Killing

A childhood friend and the ex-wife of the man police say confessed to slaying New York City boy Etan Patz 35 years ago both recounted Pedro Hernandez telling them he killed someone as they took the stand...

Feb 6, 2015

2 College Students Who Had Sex Case Tossed to Sue

2 College Students Who Had Sex Case Tossed to Sue

Two of the William Paterson University students who had sex assault charges against them dismissed last month plan to sue the university for the damage they say was done to the reputations, their lawyer said in...

Feb 7, 2015

Man Arrested in Union Square Box Cutter Slashing Spree

Man Arrested in Union Square Box Cutter Slashing Spree

Police say a 24-year-old Brooklyn man is in custody in connection with a string of box cutter slashings earlier this week that started on a subway in the East Village and ended on a street near Union Square.

Feb 5, 2015

Princeton Grad Pleads Not Guilty in NYC Hedge Fund Dad's Murder

Princeton Grad Pleads Not Guilty in NYC Hedge Fund Dad's Murder

In the hours after his arrest, a man accused of killing his hedge-fund founder father over a cut in his allowance talked to police about his diet and exercise regimen but nothing to do with the death, according...

Feb 5, 2015

Former State Sen. Malcolm Smith Found Guilty in Bribe Scheme

Former State Sen. Malcolm Smith Found Guilty in Bribe Scheme

Former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith has been found guilty of scheming to bribe Republican party leaders so he could run on the GOP line in a New York City mayoral race, making him the latest ex-Albany...

Feb 5, 2015

Dad of Boy Who Was 4 When He Killed Neighbor, 6, Gets Prison

Dad of Boy Who Was 4 When He Killed Neighbor, 6, Gets Prison

The father of a boy who was 4 when he shot and killed a 6-year-old neighbor was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison after tearfully telling the court he's haunted by the shooting.

Feb 5, 2015

Silk Road Creator Convicted of Running Drug Market

Silk Road Creator Convicted of Running Drug Market

A San Francisco man was swiftly convicted Wednesday of creating and operating an underground website that prosecutors said enabled drug dealers around the world to reach customers they would never find on...

Feb 4, 2015

No Evidence Mom Slowly Killed Son, 5, With Salt: Attorney

No Evidence Mom Slowly Killed Son, 5, With Salt: Attorney

A woman accused of killing her 5-year-old son by feeding him salt through a stomach tube calmly "watched and waited" for the poisoning to take effect, summoning help only after he began writhing and retching, a...

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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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