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Portland man accused of stalking CO theater shooting victims

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man is accused of stalking family members of victims from the July 2012 mass shooting at a Colorado theater.

Aurora officers in Colorado first contacted Portland police detectives in late February. Local officers were asked to assist in an investigation into unwanted phone calls and other contact by Kevin Purfield, 45, of northeast Portland.

He was arrested Wednesday at Northeast 102nd and Halsey and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of telephonic harassment and stalking. His bail was set at $10,000.

He is accused of emailing, calling and using social media to contact various family members of the theater shooting that killed 12 people and injured dozens more during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises.

None of the contacts were threatening, according to police, but they were "unwanted and annoying." Police said Purfield would often use vile language, as well.

His motives have not been revealed by police.

However, Purfield has posted a series of videos on YouTube, including one where he says he has talked to family members of victims in Aurora about whether they ever received the bodies of their loved ones. He also said he has contacted numerous reporters about the issue.

"I notice the police around the country have become more violent and they often refer to the event in Aurora as an excuse for beating people up in their towns," he said in the video posted March 13.

Below the video, Purfield wrote insults about the families involved in the Colorado and Newtown, CT shootings.

"I can't find anything worth caring about in these people after trying to communicate with them," he wrote. "They are not what I consider human beings."

Purfield is scheduled to be in court Thursday for an arraignment.

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