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
An online video claiming that the hacker group Anonymous is making the Hawthorne Police Department its “primary target” has police concerned about cyber security.
Police released a composite sketch and are searching for clues to help identify a suspect after a man was shot in the head on the 110 Freeway in South L.A.
Officials who claim authorities discriminated against black public housing residents want L.A. County and two Antelope Valley cities to pay the alleged victims $12.5 million.
The Los Angeles city attorney announced the decision after three City Council members requested a report on the arrests.
Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck released a surveillance video hoping the public can identify a man believed to be the suspect in the shooting of two detectives.
The officer and a county probation officer were searching a home in Willowbrook when they were fired upon Tuesday evening. They are both expected to survive.
At a press conference Wednesday, the FBI and LAPD said they're seeking information on additional victims of former USC professor Walter Lee Williams.
The man who was mistakenly shot at by Torrance police during the search for ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner has filed a lawsuit against the city after mediation efforts were unsuccessful.
The man who made a false emergency call to Pasadena police, that later contributed to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man, gets three months in jail and community service.
Nickerson Gardens held its first Father's Day event for the young dads in the community. Many fathers say they feel left out.
A recent rise in shootings in South L.A. have police on alert. Overall, crime is down, but LAPD says they are looking for any possible trends.
Residents are eager to use Echo Park Lake after it was closed for two years for habitat restoration. One visitor said: “It’s a re-makeover. Echo Park really got hooked up.”
Besides laying off about 177 Los Angeles Superior Court staff, there will be no new hires, positions will go unfilled, plus pay cuts and demotions.
FAA representatives tell L.A. County residents fed up with helicopter noise that more studies and meetings are needed before mandatory restrictions can be discussed.
The 7 p.m. meeting at Griffith Park gives the public a chance to ask about FAA recommendations to quiet LA's constant din of chopper noise.