Portland, Oregon man arrested for harassing families of movie theater shooting victims

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland, Ore. resident Kevin Purfield is under arrest for harassing the families of victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting.

Purfield is accused of emailing, calling and using social media to contact the victims' relatives. Investigators say the communications weren't threatening, but were annoying and included "vile language."

Aurora police contacted Portland officers in late February and asked them to help with the investigation of the 45-year-old.

Portland police said Wednesday they arrested him without incident. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for investigation of telephonic harassment and stalking, both misdemeanors.

Bail was set at $10,000. Purfield is due to be arraigned Thursday. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

The movie-theater shooting left 12 people dead and 70 injured.

7NEWS reporter Amanda Kost has received messages from Purfield through Facebook. In several, he wrote about empty coffins or missing bodies of the victims.

"I'd like to know why none of the family members I spoke with will tell the truth in an interview with the news media and why the news media permits you all to lie. Every one of you is a lier. The list of liers includes the police officers, Chief, Governor, medical examiner, news reporters, public defender, FBI, ATF, Cinemark President and CEO, funeral homes, family and friends of "victims" that attenend funerals with empty coffins. All liers," said one message from February 1.

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