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
A former Santa Fe Springs council member has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking $10,000 in bribes to influence the city's policy on marijuana dispensaries.
The opening of a new South LA animal shelter has been pushed back by construction delays. Animal advocates fear the delay will put more animals at risk.
Two males are in serious condition and at least two are in custody in the USC shooting. The other victims are expected to live. The school's president has issued a statement.
The L.A. Times is reporting that four people were wounded at USC when shots were fired at a party on campus.
Three people were injured Wednesday night — one critically — when gunfire erupted near Hollywood and Highland Boulevard during Halloween festivities.
FBI crime stats for 2011 show an overall decline in violent crime nationwide for the fifth straight year. L.A. mirrored that trend, but Anaheim reported an increase.
Prosecutors filed murder, attempted-murder and other charges Monday against the 30-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed three people last week in Downey.
The man suspected of shooting and killing three people last week in Downey at a business and home is expected to make his initial appearance in court Monday.
Police say the driver who crashed into a fire hydrant and a utility pole in Valley Village, killing two good Samaritans, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.
The man, who fits the description of the shooter, is one of four people detained for questioning. The others have been released and police have identified the deceased.
Four people have been detained for questioning in connection with Wednesday's fatal shootings that left three dead in Downey, police say.
Police are investigating shootings in Downey that may have killed three people and sent another two to the hospital, according to NBC LA.
Oscar Carrillo lied when he told a dispatcher he had been robbed at gunpoint. Police subsequently shot and killed an unarmed suspect
Preliminary findings in the suicide of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott showed no cancer, despite an early report claiming Scott suffered from brain cancer.
The long-kept files of child sexual abuse at the hands of Boys Scouts leaders reminds youth organizations across the country of child abuse prevention policies.