Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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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 eaguilar@scpr.org.


Stories by Erika Aguilar

Neighbors say they hardly saw alleged serial shooter

A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the L.A. area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Anaheim protests of 2012 brought change to police and city

Images of protesters clashing with police in Ferguson evoke memories of the 2012 unrest in Anaheim when police shot and killed two young Latino men in one weekend.

LA Police Commission gives Chief Beck 2nd term

Beck has worked for the LAPD for more than three decades. Violent crime has fallen under his tenure but it's also come with controversy.

LAPD admits errors in how it reports crime stats to the FBI

The revelation and investigation by the Los Angeles Times comes a few days before city officials vote on whether Charlie Beck will get reappointed as police chief.

National Night Out grows from porch lights to festivals

National Night Out started with porch lights and neighbors more than 30 years ago but has grown to become consolidated festivals and parades in many neighborhoods.

LA County lifeguards to develop lightning plan following death

Lifeguard officials say they plan to develop a lightning safety plan for when severe thunderstorms hit the beaches after a deadly lightning storm killed one swimmer.

Lightning struck Catalina hours before it hit Venice: Why didn't anyone call?

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.

LA police union says city patrolled by 'ghost cars'

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.

'Yellow Alert' would broadcast hit-and-run suspect info

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.

Do Pasadena Police need civilian oversight?

City officials say there's enough accountability, but community activists say it's not independent. A community debate is scheduled for Tuesday.

LAPD officer charged in beating of a man with a police baton

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.

LAPD officers oppose union contract with no salary increases

Dozens of frustrated LAPD officers sounded off at the L.A. Police Commission about a union contract that doesn't include pay increases.

Pasadena murder suspect told 911 operator 'I killed someone'

A shooting suspect barricaded in a home Saturday called Pasadena police to say he killed someone and wanted to surrender to police waiting outside.

Pasadena considers mandatory spay-and-neuter for all animals

The Pasadena City Council will consider an ordinance that requires all pet owners in Pasadena to spay and neuter their animals, or face fines.

Reformed mobster Vince Ciacci now cuts hair in Brentwood

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.