Police: Oregon man harassed families of Colo. theater shooting victims

PORTLAND, Ore. - Detectives on Wednesday arrested a Portland man who they said harassed families of the victims in the 2012 shooting in an Aurora Colorado movie theater.

Kevin Purfield was emailing, calling and using social media to harass the families, police said. None of the contacts were threatening, but police said the families were annoyed and Purfield often used "vile language."

The Aurora, Colo. Police Department called Portland police in Feb. to ask them to assist the investigation into unwanted phone calls.

Detectives arrested Purfield on Wednesday and took him to the Multnomah County Jail. He faces charges of telephonic harassment (5 counts) and stalking, both misdemeanors. Bail was set at $10,000.

It's unclear why Purfield was allegedly harassing the families. He's scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

12 people were killed in the deadly shooting in July, 2012.