Briggs captured; headed back to Bozeman

By SCOTT PHELAN/Montana State News

According to a Montana State University alert message, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force has arrested Kevin Briggs in Portland, Ore.

Briggs was wanted for escaping from the Bozeman Police Department on Feb. 1. He was originally arrested on charges of aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, and assault on a police officer.

According to the clerk of Multnomah County Courthouse Briggs waived extradition during his initial arraignment hearing.

The clerk declined to release any information on when or how Briggs would be transported back to Bozeman.

According to the Clerk of the Gallatin County Justice Court, Briggs will be arraigned in the district court. The Gallatin County District Court has not yet set a date for an arraignment. The district court deals primarily with felony charges.

Local Bozeman residents are looking forward to viewing Briggs’ court appearance. “I’d certainly go to the courthouse to watch Briggs be arraigned,” said MSU student Sawyer Kesselheim.

“Once Briggs escaped from the courthouse, this whole thing became a lot more interesting to me,” Kesselheim said.“People don’t really escape from jail these days, and somehow he did. I bet the court, and the police are badly embarrassed. It will be interesting to see if that embarrassment surfaces when Briggs is arraigned.”

Those interested in the trial of Kevin Briggs may contact the Clerk of the District Court of Gallatin County at 406-582-2165.

– Edited by Kaitlyn Nicholas

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