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

Jan 1, 2016

Rochester Man in Alleged ISIS Plot Mentally Ill: Father

Rochester Man in Alleged ISIS Plot Mentally Ill: Father

The father of the accused ISIS supporter who allegedly planned to commit an armed attack at a bar in Rochester on New Year's Eve told NBC New York that his son is mentally ill and tried to commit suicide...

Dec 23, 2015

Man Charged in Brazen 2012 Midtown Sidewalk Murder

Man Charged in Brazen 2012 Midtown Sidewalk Murder

A 37-year-old Queens man was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and a number of other crimes for his alleged role in the execution-style slaying of a man on a midtown sidewalk in 2012.

Dec 31, 2015

NY Man Accused of Plotting Bar Attack for ISIS on New Year's

NY Man Accused of Plotting Bar Attack for ISIS on New Year's

Authorities have arrested an accused ISIS supporter who allegedly planned to commit an armed attack at a bar in Rochester on New Year's Eve on behalf of the terror group, officials said Thursday.

Dec 22, 2015

Man Accused of Hacking Celeb Emails, Stealing Sex Tapes, Scripts

Man Accused of Hacking Celeb Emails, Stealing Sex Tapes, Scripts

U.S. Homeland Security agents arrested a man from the Bahamas on federal charges of hacking into the email accounts of numerous individuals in the entertainment, sports, and media industries, court papers filed...

Dec 18, 2015

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Wants Charges Tossed

Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Wants Charges Tossed

The truck driver who slammed into a limo carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian, will ask a judge next week to throw out criminal charges against him.

Dec 18, 2015

Notorious Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli Resigns Day After Arrest

Notorious Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli Resigns Day After Arrest

The pharmaceutical executive reviled for price-gouging resigned Friday as head of the drugmaker Turing Pharmaceuticals, a day after being arrested in New York on charges of securities fraud related to a company...

Dec 18, 2015

2 Cops Suspended After 6th Handcuffed Prisoner Escape in 6 Months

2 Cops Suspended After 6th Handcuffed Prisoner Escape in 6 Months

Two NYPD officers have been suspended without pay following the escape of a handcuffed prisoner in lower Manhattan that forced the shutdown of subway trains in the area as police hunted the suspect.

Dec 18, 2015

Man Sentenced in 'Flying Drop Kick' Attack on Mom, Baby

Man Sentenced in 'Flying Drop Kick' Attack on Mom, Baby

A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to taking a "flying drop kick" at a mother holding her 3-month-old son as he tried to steal her cellphone in the Bronx last year was sentenced Friday to three and a...

Dec 18, 2015

Man Convicted in Attack That Left Transgender Woman With Brain Damage

Man Convicted in Attack That Left Transgender Woman With Brain Damage

A 26-year-old Brooklyn man has been convicted of assault as a hate crime in the October 2014 attack on a transgender woman that left her traumatic brain damage.

Dec 16, 2015

Search Continues for Suspect in NYC Armored Car Heist

Search Continues for Suspect in NYC Armored Car Heist

Authorities are continuing to search for the suit-wearing robber who hit an armored car in New York City on Tuesday and got in a gunfight with the men guarding the cash-filled vehicle.

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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.

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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