Escaped Bozeman rape suspect now in Gallatin County jail


Kevin Briggs interrogation room surveillance video

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Bozeman rape suspect Kevin Anthony Briggs, who escaped from the Law and Justice Center on February 1, is now back in custody in Gallatin County.

Briggs was in jail in Portland after being arrested by the U.S. Marshals in that area on February 21. He appeared in court and waived extradition four days later.

Gallatin County attorney Marty Lambert told NBC Montana Briggs' transfer back to Bozeman depended on when a private shuttle service the county uses could go pick him up.

Then on Monday, Briggs was shown as being booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center at 1:18 pm.

Kevin Briggs is accused of assaulting and trying to rape a woman in Bozeman on the evening of Friday, January 31.

Bozeman Police arrested Briggs early the next morning on four felony charges- including attempted rape and aggravated assault.

But later that morning on February 1, Briggs allegedly walked out of the Law and Justice Center, after a police oversight left him unattended.

He was on the run for nearly three weeks before the U.S. Marshals caught up with Briggs in Portland.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Briggs is scheduled for an initial appearance in Justice Court on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

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