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
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.
CBS News reports the L.A. County Coroner's office has reclassified Natalie Wood's death from "accidental" to "undetermined."
A 14-year-old girl was killed and another child was injured Wednesday night when two men started shooting into a crowd in a Westmont neighborhood.
A man gets one year in jail for hitting an LAPD cop in the head with a snare drum during May Day demonstrations, causing a minor concussion.
Police commissioners asked the LAPD's watchdog to work with the department on new ways to measure data on officer-involved shootings and attacks on officers.
A report on officer-involved shootings and violent attacks on police officers should push the LAPD to look whether shootings are in policy, a city councilman said today.
Another city official in the Southland faces federal bribery charges for taking bribe money in exchange for insider city information about marijuana regulations.
Police are warning women of the latest attack by the serial Teardrop Rapist and asking for the public's help to catch the guy.
LAPD detectives suspect a former Marine and two others tried to beat his pregnant wife to death. Attempted murder charges have been filed.
An Assembly bill would require people under county probation supervision to also register with the local police department nearest to them.