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 email@example.com.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
L.A. police Chief Charlie Beck has 2014 will be "the year of traffic." The department has begun focusing more on traffic safety, with the goal of reducing traffic accidents and deaths.
City officials tell residents the concrete barriers that protected their homes during the storms will remain in place for years as the threat of mudslides remains.
In a state assembly hearing, L.A. airport public safety officials and other law enforcement agencies discuss lessons learned from a shooting last year at LAX.
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.