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
Long Beach city officials announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Robert Luna to replace Jim McDonnell, who was elected L.A. County Sheriff.
Proposition 47 went straight to work turning property and drug crimes into misdemeanors. Courts and prosecutors see more work. Defendants say the new law is fair.
Anaheim voters on Tuesday passed a measure to create single council member districts requiring future candidates to live in the neighborhoods they represent.
The passage of Prop 47, which softens penalties for theft, fraud and drug possession, signals a major shift in how Californians perceives punishment for low-level offenders.
Officer Shaun Diamond, a 16-year police veteran, was shot while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel.
Activists say at-large voting dilutes the voice of Latinos, Anaheim's largest ethnic group but a minority of voters. Voters have a chance to change that this fall.
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.