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 state agency could lose up to 1,500 inmate firefighters by next year as prisoners are transferred to county jails under California's prison realignment plan.
The family of a restaurant cook and a father of five asks the public to call police with information that could put a man who killed their loved one behind bars.
Controversial police shootings and complaints spark calls for citizen oversight committees to monitor the police department.
A man arrested for allegedly stabbing three homeless people in the back as they slept, and leaving 'death warrant' notes with them faces attempted murder charges.
Police are tangled in tumultuous rallies after accusations of a wrongful shooting.
LAPD detains a man who is considered to a person of interest in the stabbing of three homeless people in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.
Attorneys involved in the civil lawsuit filed by the family of Kendrec McDade bicker over conduct and a judge steps in to set some ground rules.
Another complaint against a few Pasadena police officers accused of beating a man during a police interview has been sent to the county.
At a Rape Treatment Center conference, experts drew parallels between the high-profile Sandusky child molestation case and everyday sex assault investigations.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s detectives hope a $10,000 reward will help generate clues about who shot and killed a 14-year-old girl in South L.A. on Independence Day.
A new Los Angeles county program to help teenagers out of prostitution is aimed at treating them as victims of sex trafficking rather than criminals.
A suspected drunk driver pleaded not guilty to murder for allegedly killing two women when her car hit a taco truck during a chase by CHP officers.
The suit claims policies adopted by D.A. Steve Cooley and Sheriff Lee Baca have served to suppress evidence, a violation of constitutional due process rights.
The city of Los Angeles uses a diversion program called Johns School, aimed at men arrested for picking up sex workers, to reduce the demand for prostitution.
Prostitution has long plagued Lankershim Boulevard in Sun Valley but now residents say they want to take their street back from the johns and streetwalkers.