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
The L.A. Police Department released a sketch Tuesday of a suspect possibly associated with the killing of Joseph Gatto, father of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto.
Mark Berndt's no contest plea is the legal equivalent of pleading guilty. He was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 25 years and ordered to register as a sex offender.
The 78-year-old father of state Rep. Gatto was found dead from a gunshot in his home Wednesday night. Residents of the well-groomed community don’t see much violent crime.
Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was slain by a gunman reportedly targeting officers working for the Transportation Security Administration.
After the Nov. 1 shooting at LAX, many wondered, "What is the L.A. Airport Police Division? Where does it patrol? How long has it been operating?" We provide some answers.
The agency confirmed that it has found evidence suggesting that Ciancia believed in a conspiracy theory about a global government takeover.
Victims of Friday's shooting and the suspected shooter's family gave prepared statements on Monday, expressing their condolences and relating their experiences of the attack.
A Riverside judge decided Thursday a 13-year old who murdered his neo-Nazi father will go to a state-run detention center. His attorney argued he should go to a private facility.
Members of Congress from the Los Angeles region want the FAA to release a schedule for completing six action items to relieve helicopter noise in Southern California.
Los Angeles police have arrested two men they believe lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad — gunning him down in front of his son.
November 14 is the deadline for valet operators and attendants to obtain a permit from the L.A. Police Commission in order to operate in the city.
Los Angeles police hope video of a suspect in the shooting of a South LA store clerk last month will prompt witnesses to come forward.
Last year, the East Bay city became the first California city to send notes to suspected solicitors. Could such a program work for LA's prostitution problem?
Two Latino gang members pleaded guilty to a hate crime for attacking African-American teenagers last year. Prosecutors say it was part of a series of threats to drive black residents out of Compton.
A state court of appeals granted the city of L.A. a temporary stay, which will allow police to reinstate a relaxed vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers.