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

Arrest made in Valley Village crash & electrocution deaths

Police say the driver who crashed into a fire hydrant and a utility pole in Valley Village, killing two good Samaritans, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Police question man in killings of 3 Downey family members

The man, who fits the description of the shooter, is one of four people detained for questioning. The others have been released and police have identified the deceased.

Updated: 4 detained in killings of 3 Downey family members

Four people have been detained for questioning in connection with Wednesday's fatal shootings that left three dead in Downey, police say.

3 family members killed, 2 hospitalized in Downey shootings

Police are investigating shootings in Downey that may have killed three people and sent another two to the hospital, according to NBC LA.

D.A.: No charges for false 911 caller in McDade case

Oscar Carrillo lied when he told a dispatcher he had been robbed at gunpoint. Police subsequently shot and killed an unarmed suspect

UPDATED: Coroner releases findings in Tony Scott suicide

Preliminary findings in the suicide of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott showed no cancer, despite an early report claiming Scott suffered from brain cancer.

The Boy Scouts 'perversion' files & child abuse prevention

The long-kept files of child sexual abuse at the hands of Boys Scouts leaders reminds youth organizations across the country of child abuse prevention policies.

Californians participate in statewide earthquake drill

More than nine million Californians and more people in the southeastern United States will participate in what could be considered the largest earthquake drill in the world.

LA Superior Court graduates five war veterans through a special court and rehab program.

Five Los Angeles war veterans clear their criminal record through a special veterans court and after months of mental and drug rehabilitation classes.

Judge denies bail to man found with suitcase of weapons at LAX

A man found carrying a suitcase of weapons at LAX was denied bail after prosecutors said he was a flight risk and that evidence showed an interest in sexual violence.

'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker denies violating parole

“My client was not the cause of the violence in the Middle East. Clearly it was pre-planned and that was just an excuse and trigger point to have more violence."

Southern California man faces federal drug trafficking charges for running marijuana dispensaries.

A Southern California man goes on federal trial this week on federal drug trafficking charges for operating three medical marijuana dispensaries.

LA County Supervisors look into Sheriff's oversight positions

L.A. County Supervisors will get an analysis in three weeks on what it will take to establish an inspector general position to oversee the Sheriff's Department.

Updated: Filmmaker behind 'Innocence of Muslims' jailed

The man behind the making of the film that sparked riots throughout the Middle East is has been jailed after violating the terms of his parole.

ACLU: Deputies targeted inmates' heads when striking them

The ACLU of Southern California releases its annual jails report Wednesday, declaring that Sheriff's jail deputies targeted inmates' heads with repeated strikes.