A Denver-area man with the same name as the crazed gunman who killed 12 people at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie took to Facebook early Friday to defend himself after he was overwhelmed with friend requests and media emails.
"I am not the man who did it," James P. Holmes wrote in a lengthy, slightly irreverent message addressed to "people who keep confusing me for a mass murderer."
"I appreciate the fact that you are trying to become better-informed about the occurrences last night in Aurora, but you have been somewhat mislead," he said. "I am not a 24-year-old gun-slinging killer from Aurora, I am a 22-year-old book-slinging mass eater from Littleton."
Littleton is the Denver suburb where the Columbine High School massacre occurred in 1999.
Holmes asked people to stop sending requests to him and his girlfriend, who he said had to tell someone at a job interview that "she is not, in fact dating a serial killer."
"James Holmes happens to be a pretty common name, surprisingly, so try not to jump the gun," he wrote.
He signed the missive "a different guy named James Holmes."
Holmes' profile said he studied history at University of Northern Colorado and worked at Target.
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