Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter
Erika Aguilar covers crime, courts and public safety in the Los Angeles area for KPCC.
Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."
Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.
Any tips or story ideas can be sent to Erika by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
Los Angeles County lifeguard officials say there isn't a protocol for clearing the beach when lightning storms roll onto the coast like the deadly one that hit Venice Beach Sunday.
The Los Angeles police inspector general is investigating allegations filed by union officers that high-level supervisors are over-reporting how many patrol cars they actually have on the street.
A state bill would create a "yellow alert" for California that would broadcast vehicle information for suspect drivers involved in serious hit-and-run collisions.
City officials say there's enough accountability, but community activists say it's not independent. A community debate is scheduled for Tuesday.
A Los Angeles police officer was arrested and charged with assaulting a detained man using his baton two years ago in downtown L.A., an incident caught on camera.
Dozens of frustrated LAPD officers sounded off at the L.A. Police Commission about a union contract that doesn't include pay increases.
A shooting suspect barricaded in a home Saturday called Pasadena police to say he killed someone and wanted to surrender to police waiting outside.
The Pasadena City Council will consider an ordinance that requires all pet owners in Pasadena to spay and neuter their animals, or face fines.
He was shoplifting from toy stores at 12, snatching purses at 15, and by the time he'd grown up he was robbing stores and dealing drugs.
Crime statistics for Los Angeles in 2014 show a nearly three percent uptick in violent crime compared to last year, due to a jump in aggravated assaults.
East L.A. residents give a mixed bag of unfavorable and mild support for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's request for another five years as top cop.
The jury in the Stow civil case still has not arrived at a decision, after telling the judge this week they were deadlocked. It’s now been six days of deliberations.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering proposing an ordinance to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories as a way to help ex-felons get jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor has given two local community groups $3.5 million to help former prison inmates and juvenile offenders re-enter the job market.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said a detective accused of making vulgar, callous remarks in an audio recording has been taken out of the field while an investigation is underway.