Montana escapee, rape suspect, caught in Portland

2014-02-21T20:42:00Z 2014-06-18T17:06:29Z Montana escapee, rape suspect, caught in PortlandGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
February 21, 2014 8:42 pm  • 

Kevin Anthony Briggs, a fugitive from Bozeman, was caught and arrested in Portland, Ore., Friday night, according to the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force.

Briggs was wanted for escaping from the Bozeman Police Department on Feb. 1 after being arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent and assault on a peace officer. The FBI added a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. At the time of his arrest Briggs was considered armed and dangerous.

After his escape, tips led authorities to search across the Pacific Northwest, including a focus on California.

At 6:45 p.m. Friday, members of the U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force spotted Briggs in Southeast Portland. He was a passenger in a van, according to a release from the Marshals.

Briggs was arrested shortly after being spotted in the 4100 block of SE Woodward Street with the assistance of Portland Police K-9 unit and U.S. Marshals. He was arrested without incident, according to the release.

Briggs, 28, has previous convictions in Montana for kidnapping and rape in Helena in early 2003. He was also convicted of escape in Lewis and Clark County in 2003 and in Powell County in 2004.

The most recent escape was Feb. 1, at about 8 a.m. from an interview room at the Bozeman Police Department. He was last seen in leg restraints and a security belt.

Briggs will be booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center in Portland and awaits removal to Montana.

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