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.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

Santa Fe Springs councilman admits taking $11,500 in bribes

Another city official in the Southland faces federal bribery charges for taking bribe money in exchange for insider city information about marijuana regulations.

LA's Teardrop Rapist strikes again

Police are warning women of the latest attack by the serial Teardrop Rapist and asking for the public's help to catch the guy.

An ex-Marine suspected of trying to kill his pregnant wife

LAPD detectives suspect a former Marine and two others tried to beat his pregnant wife to death. Attempted murder charges have been filed.

Bill would require double registration for released felons

An Assembly bill would require people under county probation supervision to also register with the local police department nearest to them.

Mother of Echo Park hate crime victim pleads for help

Echo Park residents are asking people to come forward with any information about the stabbing of two men who are gay rights supporters.

California doctor faces murder charges for 3 patient deaths

A Rowland Heights doctor gets her preliminary trial in L.A County court this week. She faces murder charges for the overdose deaths of three of her patients.

Arraignment postponed for 2 charged in USC shooting deaths

Two men charged for the shooting deaths of two USC Chinese graduate students entered no plea. Several USC students attend the postponed hearing.

2 ramps from Wilshire to the 405 closed for 3 months

They’ll be shut down for the next three months. Everyone who commutes to, lives in and works in West L.A. is searching for a detour — including the post office.

Ramps connecting 405 and Wilshire to close for 90 days

Two key ramps connecting Wilshire and the 405 Freeway close Friday night. Click through to see a map of all of the closures, including those to come.

Taco truck crash victim to be laid to rest

The family of one victim killed in a car crash has hired an attorney to investigate.

MTA taggers agree to 'graffiti injunction'

Eight members of the Metro Transit Assassins graffiti crew agreed, to avoid at least $3.7 million in clean up fees.

Rodney King's death investigated as accidental drowning

King's fiance found him at the bottom of a pool and immediately called police. Rialto detectives say there were no immediate signs that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Tickets for LA Kings championship rally are going fast

Tickets for the L.A. Kings championship rally are free at first, but they're going fast and already being sold on other websites.

Lungs found on sidewalk near Compton not human

The coroner's office said the the organs found in an incorporated part of LA County on Sunday were "of animal origin." They plan on disposing of the materials.

For the Los Angeles Kings, a 45-year wait for a celebration

Monday night was for fans who had waited since 1967 to see it happen, for fans who held their breath in 1993 when the cup was within reach and for fans who realized hockey in Los Angeles is big.