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 email@example.com.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," and Brian Lucas each were charged Tuesday with misdemeanor counts that carry potential six-month jail terms.
CSUN student Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi was stabbed to death after attempting to sell his car on Craigslist, LAPD Chief Beck said at a press conference Monday.
A judge ruled that Pasadena can release a redacted version of an independent report on the police shooting of Kendrec McDade. But further delays are expected.
A mother is charged with four misdemeanors after her 17-year old son brought a gun to his Van Nuys continuation school.
The judge hearing the Kendrec McDade shooting case delayed his decision on Tuesday, saying he is leaning toward releasing portions of an independent consultant's report.
Civilian watchdogs say the LAPD may be relying too heavily on performance data, leading commanders to falsify reports.
Proposition 47 would reduce some felony property and drug crimes to misdemeanors. Millions in savings would go to fund community rehabilitation programs. Opponents say it would derail realignment and encourage criminals to reoffend.
Walk To School Day encourages kids to walk more. But parents worry about traffic and pedestrian safety and the lack of school crossing guards.
Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo had a long history of abusive confrontations with City Hall colleagues, generating at least two monetary claims against the city.
The attorney for Lyvette Crespo made direct comparisons between slain Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo and a pair of NFL players caught up recently in domestic violence cases.
The Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that no arrests will be made after what appeared to be a domestic altercation at the residence of Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo ended in his death.
Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.
Governor Jerry Brown vetoes a bill that would have required California law enforcement to secure a warrant in order to use drones for surveillance assignments.
Los Angeles County has formed a code enforcement task force to crack down on dogs on the beach, unlicensed summer or surf camps, and other beach no-nos.
Six deputies convicted federal court for obstructing an FBI investigation into the L.A. County jails were sentenced Tuesday to a minimum of two years prison.