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

Jamiel Shaw Jr. murder: Jury finds Pedro Espinoza guilty

Prosecutors have asked the court to sentence Pedro Espinoza to death for the alleged killing of Shaw almost four years ago.

Boy who allegedly shot ICE agent father has first court appearance

A 14-year-old boy who allegedly shot and killed his father, a federal immigration agent, made his first court appearance on Monday in Compton.

Boy who allegedly shot ICE agent father to enter plea

A 14-year old boy who allegedly shot and killed his father in Carson last week will enter a plea in juvenile court on Monday.

Teen son arrested in federal immigration agent's death

Myron Chisem named as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot to death in his Carson home last night. His teen son has been arrested.

13 arrested and 2 LAPD officers injured during May Day march

“It was very cowardly the way they did it,” a police officer said, explaining that the suspects waited until the officers had turned their backs to attack.

Beaumont woman blinded by police pepper spray will file claim

A Beaumont woman left blind by police pepper spray says she will take the next step toward filing a civil lawsuit.

Teen admits involvement in Kendrec McDade shooting

A 17-year-old boy admits to his involvement in a burglary and theft that led to the fatal police shooting of Kendrec McDade in Pasadena in March.

Man who sold fake work visas will not serve prison time

A Canoga Park man who scammed businesses and immigrants looking for work visas will not serve any prison time.

LA City Council calls for end to skateboard “bombing”

This week, the L.A. City Council could put an end to “bombing,” an extreme style of skateboarding where skaters shoot down hills at top speed.

USC and LAPD to add 30 officers near campus

USC and LAPD officials announced updated safety measures after two separate crimes near the school raised questions about security around campus.

Major pain at the assessor's office

Warrants were served at the home of L.A. county assessor John Noguez as part of an investigation into property tax reductions and campaign contributions.

Police revive 'Teardrop Rapist' investigation

The "Teardrop Rapist," wanted in connection to 28 sexual assaults, struck again late last year, police said on Tuesday. The LAPD are now reviving their investigation into the serial attacks.

Minor in McDade shooting to appear in Pasadena court Tuesday

The 17-year old minor allegedly involved in a burglary the night an unarmed black man was shot by Pasadena police will be in court on Tuesday.

Robbery and killings raise concerns about USC safety

An armed robbery and two murders of USC students have students, neighborhoods, and staff talking about safety around USC.

USC armed robbery suspect shot by police

The incident happened a week after the USC campus was rocked by the shooting deaths of two USC students in what police believe was an attempted armed robbery.