Portland Police Arrest Man for Harassing Families of Aurora (CO) Theater Shooting

Portland Police Arrest Man for Harassing Families of Aurora (CO) Theater Shooting

April 10, 2013 16:25


Today, Wednesday April 10, 2013, detectives from the Portland Police Bureau arrested 45-year-old Kevin Michael Purfield of Northeast Portland in connection with multiple harassing phone calls and contacts to families of shooting victims from the July 2012 mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Portland Police detectives were contacted in late-February 2013 by the Aurora Police Department and asked to assist in an investigation into unwanted phone calls and contact by Kevin Purfield in Portland.

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 and Purfield would often use vile language.

Based on this information, detectives arrested Purfield without incident at Northeast 102nd Avenue and Halsey, near the Gateway Fred Meyer store.

Purfield was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Telephonic Harassment (5 counts) and Stalking (1 count). Stalking is a Class A Misdemeanor and Telephonic Harassment is a Class B Misdemeanor.

Bail is set at $10,000.

Purfield will be arraigned in Multnomah County court on Thursday April 11, 2013.

For additional information about the Aurora, Colorado investigation, please contact the Aurora Police Department.


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