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

Feb 22, 2019

NYC Man in Jail Since 2001 Has Murder Conviction Vacated

NYC Man in Jail Since 2001 Has Murder Conviction Vacated

A man in prison since 2001, convicted with a botched-robbery killing outside a strip club, had his murder conviction vacated.

May 7, 2015

Exclusive: NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

Exclusive:  NYPD Hatchet Attack Survivors Talk to News 4

The four officers who were attacked in Queens last October speak exclusively to News 4's Jonathan Dienst.

Feb 22, 2019

Homeless Man Accused of Attempted Rape of NYC Shelter Guard

Homeless Man Accused of Attempted Rape of NYC Shelter Guard

A 31-year-old homeless man is accused of attempting to rape a shelter security guard while she was on duty and then escaping custody when apprehended, prosecutors say.

Feb 22, 2019

2 More Men Arrested in Brazen Subway Platform Shooting Death

2 More Men Arrested in Brazen Subway Platform Shooting Death

Two more people have been arrested in the apparent gang-related shooting death of a man on a subway platform in Queens earlier this month.

Feb 21, 2019

Pregnant Mom of 6 Killed in NY 7-Eleven Rampage Identified

Pregnant Mom of 6 Killed in NY 7-Eleven Rampage Identified

A driver angry about being asked not to blow cigarette smoke in the direction of children outside a New York 7-Eleven allegedly plowed into a family, hitting six kids and killing their mother, who was pregnant...

Feb 21, 2019

Coast Guard Lt. Accused of Planning Large-Scale Killings

Coast Guard Lt. Accused of Planning Large-Scale Killings

A lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard has been arrested in Virginia on gun and drug charges related to being a "domestic terrorist," the FBI said.

Feb 20, 2019

Woman Who Masterminded Acid Attack on NYC Rev. Learns Fate

Woman Who Masterminded Acid Attack on NYC Rev. Learns Fate

A former bookkeeper from New York City who masterminded an acid attack on a non-profit director in an attempt to cover up stealing from the organization will spend years in prison, prosecutors say.

Feb 22, 2019

Possible Serial Cat Killer Sought by Authorities in NJ

Possible Serial Cat Killer Sought by Authorities in NJ

Authorities in New Jersey are asking the public's help in identifying a possible serial cat killer.

Feb 20, 2019

Ex-NYC Cop Guilty of Butchering Mom of 2 in Her NJ Driveway

Ex-NYC Cop Guilty of Butchering Mom of 2 in Her NJ Driveway

A former NYPD officer has been convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend with a machete-style knife during an ambush at her New Jersey home several years ago.

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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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