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
L.A. city officials are funding new diversion programs and special police patrols in an effort to curb prostitution activity in the San Fernando Valley.
Two former LAX airport workers plead no contest and get 3 years probation to setting off dry ice bombs at the airport last year.
The legislation seeks to change the current law to allow TSA agents to be eligible for federal law enforcement death benefits.
The police commission voted Tuesday to add language to the LAPD's use-of-force policy that would affect how officer-involved shootings are investigated.
A smartphone app called "Combat Hate" is aimed at children and teens to encourage reporting hate crimes, hate incidents and certain types of bullying.
The L.A. County District Attorney's Office charged Olivia Culbreath, 21, with six counts of murder related to a crash on Sunday that killed six people. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Wednesday that minors engaging in sex for pay will be viewed as victims, not criminals.
The accused driver was taken into custody and is being held on $6 million bail, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s Department jail records.
Advocates are urging businesses to post signs with hotline numbers for people to report human trafficking. City leaders say they are unsatisfied with the level of compliance.
A Sacramento legislator wants to require all new smartphones and tablets to come with a "kill switch" starting next year to discourage theft.
A Los Angeles judge denied a request by some residents to intervene and challenge the city on its gang injunction for Echo Park.
Trauma surgeon Michael Jimenez believes he has a responsibility to try to persuade the gang members he treats to turn away from gang life.
The eight officers fired more than 100 rounds at the women, who were delivering newspapers. It's now up to LAPD Chief Beck to determine what discipline they will face.
Police body-worn cameras are being offered as an accountability tool. It has been well received by many but the consensus fractures when civil rights concerns enter the equation.
A judge heard arguments Friday on a request from about 16 people who want to challenge a gang injunction in Echo Park. The group is not named in the injunction, but argue it will violate their civil rights.