PORTLAND – The Portland man found guilty of harassing the victims’ families in the Aurora, Colo. movie theater shooting was arrested Thursday in California for making threats to Multnomah County and Portland Police Bureau employees.
The FBI, along with other local authorities investigated more than 30 calls threatening local government workers. They eventually identified the caller as 45-year-old Kevin Purfield, said Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Purfield was sentenced to probation in July after pleading guilty to emailing, calling and using social media to harass ictims' relatives in the July 2012 Colorado shooting that killed 12 people.
Purfield’s whereabouts was unknown despite being on probation, but after investigating the threats, detectives determined he was in Long Beach, Calif.
Police in Long Beach tracked Purfield down, and after a chase on foot and two hits from a Taser, he was taken into custody, Alexander said.
Officers were also investigating threats Purfield may have made at a Long Beach motel. He was treated at a hospital and booked in the Long Beach jail where he will be arraigned on local and federal charges.