Man arrested for harassing Aurora shooting families

Kevin Michael Purfield was arrested for allegedly calling, emailing and using social media to reach out to those who lost loved ones in the July 20 movie theater tragedy. Portland Police Dept./CBS News

Police in Oregon arrested a man accused of harassing the families of victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting, CBS Denver reports.

Kevin Michael Purfield was arrested for allegedly calling, emailing and using social media to reach out to those who lost loved ones in the July 20 movie theater tragedy. Police say none of the contacts were threatening, but were unwanted and annoying. The messages also contained vile language.

Portland police first learned about Purfield in February when the Aurora Police Department asked for assistance into the investigation of unwanted phone calls and contact.

Purfield has been charged with telephonic harassment and stalking. His bail has been set at $10,000 and he is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Twelve people died and more than 50 other were hurt when a gunman opened fire at a crowded movie theater during a midnight show of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises." Prosecutors say they are seeking the death penalty against the shooting's suspect, James Holmes.

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