PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Portland man was arraigned Thursday for allegedly making multiple harassing phone calls to the families of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado in 2012.
Kevin Purfield, 45, pleaded not guilty to five counts of telephonic harassment and one count of stalking, both misdemeanors. He is being held on $100,000 bond.
Both the prosecution and his defense attorney said in court Purfield is mentally ill.
Detectives told KOIN 6 News they were contacted in late February by the Aurora Police Department and were asked to help with an investigation about unwanted phone calls. Aurora authorities gave Portland detectives Purfield’s name and other information.
Allegedly, Purfield was allegedly e-mailing, calling and using social media to contact various family members of victims of the theater shooting.
PPB spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson said none of the contacts were threatening, but were unwanted. Purfield often used foul language when speaking to the families, he said.
The suspect allegedly posted several videos on YouTube, including one that mentions he talked to family members of the Aurora shooting about whether they ever received the bodies of their loved ones.
Purfield was arrested Wednesday in the 1100 block of Northeast Portland.
His next court appearance is slated for May 17.
— Brent Weisberg and Jessica Morkert contributed to this report