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

Jun 4, 2014

Prosecutor: NY State Sen. Smith Betrayed Voters

Prosecutor: NY State Sen. Smith Betrayed Voters

The corruption trial of three political leaders in New York City will center on "a man who wanted to be mayor, the bribes he was willing to pay, and the men who were ready, willing and able" to accept the...

Jun 4, 2014

Dozens Arrested in Vast NYC Gang Crackdown

Dozens Arrested in Vast NYC Gang Crackdown

Police arrested dozens of suspected gang members in early-morning raids Wednesday in what authorities are calling one of the biggest gang crackdowns in recent history.

Jun 7, 2014

Ex-DA Used Money From Criminals: DOI

Ex-DA Used Money From Criminals: DOI

Former longtime Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes is accused of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars seized from criminal suspects to pay for a political consultant, according to a report by the...

Jun 3, 2014

No Insanity Defense for NYC Councilman in Trial

No Insanity Defense for NYC Councilman in Trial

A federal judge has refused to permit an insanity defense for one of the New York politicians about to go on trial for corruption.

Jun 2, 2014

Man With 59 Arrests in Police Custody Again

Man With 59 Arrests in Police Custody Again

A homeless man with 59 past arrests was arrested again – this time for allegedly attacking a woman inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

May 30, 2014

Elderly Woman Punched, Robbed While Walking With Groceries

Elderly Woman Punched, Robbed While Walking With Groceries

A 73-year-old woman pushing a cart of groceries down a Queens sidewalk was punched in the face and robbed by two teens in an attack caught on video, police said.

May 28, 2014

Former NJ Prosecutor, Jail Guards Accused of Smuggling

Former NJ Prosecutor, Jail Guards Accused of Smuggling

A former assistant New Jersey prosecutor and two Department of Corrections officers were arrested by the FBI early Wednesday on federal corruption charges for allegedly smuggling contraband into a county...

May 23, 2014

Boyfriend Arrested in 2003 Murder of Pregnant NYC Woman

Boyfriend Arrested in 2003 Murder of Pregnant NYC Woman

Prosecutors say they've finally solved the 2003 murder of a nine months pregnant Brooklyn woman.

May 22, 2014

Daughter-in-Law Accused in Killing Was After $4M Estate

Daughter-in-Law Accused in Killing Was After $4M Estate

A court document says money was the motive in the killing of an 80-year-old New Yorker whose daughter-in-law has been charged with murder.

May 21, 2014

Daughter-in-Law Accused of Killing NY Activist

Daughter-in-Law Accused of Killing NY Activist

Police say a woman from Florida has been charged with killing her activist mother-in-law in Rockland County.

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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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