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
Nicolas Cendoya says his three-day ordeal in Trabuco Canyon gave him a new perspective on life: "I've been a little selfish lately."
There were four more 'swatting' incidents last week, targeting Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Sean Combs. A psychologist blames "a lack of empathy."
Anyone who believes they deserve all or part of the $1 million reward offered when ex-cop Christopher Dorner was on the loose must file an application by April 19.
One suspect is charged with sexual assaulting a 10-year old Northridge girl taken from her home last week.
Allegations of jury intimidation surface in the civil case against the LA deputy who shot a Palmdale teen in 2009.
Judge declares mistrial on a part of a civil suit to determine whether an LA Sheriff's deputy acted with malice when he shot a teen holding a toy gun three years ago.
A jury awards more than $1 million to a teenager who was holding a toy gun when he was shot three years ago by an LA County Sheriff's deputy in Palmdale.
One year later, the officers have been cleared. But there's been no action on calls for greater civilian oversight of the Pasadena police.
An internal review by the Pasadena Police Department into the fatal officer-involved shooting of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade found that the officers acted "within policy."
The 50th anniversary of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright case reminds us of the role of public defenders and the perennial funding issues facing state courts.
Verdict is due soon in a lawsuit filed against the LA County Sheriff's Department for the deputy-involved shooting of a teenager with a fake gun.
About two dozen alleged members of LA's Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang were indicted Monday on extortion charges forcing street food vendors to pay "rent."
Opening arguments paint different pictures of Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German native accused of a 1985 San Marino murder.
L.A. has agreed to issue a $40,000 check to compensate newspaper delivery women whose truck was damaged when police shot at it, believing Dorner was inside.
A coalition of legal aid groups have sued the LA Superior Court for cut backs to tenant eviction court service hearings, claiming it violates the rights of the "vulnerable" and "disabled." Read the complaint.