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Portland Man Charged With Harassing Aurora Victims’ Families

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Kevin Purfield (credit: Portland Police Dept.)

Kevin Purfield (credit: Portland Police Dept.)

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PORTLAND, Ore. (CBS4) – Police in Oregon have arrested a man who is accused of harassing the families of victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting.

Kevin Michael Purfield has been arrested in connection with multiple harassing phone calls and contacts to those families.

James Holmes is accused of opening fire in a crowded theater during a midnight showing of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora on July 20, 2012. He allegedly shot and killed 12 people and left more than 50 others hurt.

Police in Portland were contacted about Purfield, 45, in February by the Aurora Police Department and asked to assist in an investigation into unwanted phone calls and contact by Purfield.

Purfield was reportedly emailing, calling and using social media to contact various family members of victims of the theater shooting. None of the contacts were threatening but were unwanted and annoying. Purfield also reportedly used vile language.

Purfield has posted many videos on YouTube in which he claims the Aurora shooting never happened. He also speaks in the videos about his anger toward the victims and offers conspiracy theories.

Detectives arrested Purfield and he was booked on charges of telephonic harassment and stalking. His bail has been set at $10,000. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

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