PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force (OFTF) arrested fugitive Kevin Anthony Briggs in Portland, OR. Briggs escaped from the Bozeman Police Department on February 1, 2014, after being arrested for aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, assault on a peace officer, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution a federal charge brought on from the FBI. At the time of his arrest, Briggs was considered armed and dangerous.
Since his escape, a U.S. Marshal investigation, and tips from the public led U.S. Marshals Task Force members to check various locations throughout Portland and parts of the Pacific Northwest, including California. On Friday afternoon at approximately 6:45 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Briggs was seen in southeast Portland by authorities as a passenger in a van. Authorities arrested shortly after in the 4100 Block of SE Woodward Street with the assistance of Portland Police K9 and U.S. Marshals.
"We made sure we had plenty of people to initiate the stop and utilized a Portland police canine unit as well," U.S. Marshall Supervisory Deputy Eric Wahlstom told NBC Montana, "and we had the vehicle stopped and after that point the driver was taken out and the driver stated he was in the vehicle but he was hiding. So, it took a little while, but after a period of time he did come out of the van on the passenger side and was taken into custody without incident."
Briggs, 28, has previous convictions for kidnapping and rape in Helena early 2003. He was also convicted of escape in Lewis and Clark County in 2003 and in Powell County in 2004. On Feb. 1, around 8:00 a.m., Briggs escaped from an interview room at the Bozeman Police Department and was last seen in leg restraints and a security belt. Briggs was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and awaits removal to Montana.
We're told Briggs could face more federal charges once he arrives in Montana.
The U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force is supported by the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program, and is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Probation & Parole, and the Oregon National Guard. The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force is comprised of U.S. Marshals Service investigators from the Districts of Alaska, Oregon, Eastern Washington, and Western Washington. For more information you can go to www.usmarshals.gov.