Fugitive charged with fleeing, sexual assault

Kevin Anthony Briggs, 28, who escaped from the Bozeman Law and Justice Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 after being arrested for attempted sexual assault, is still at large and planning to flee to Russia, according to federal court documents. The former MSU student now faces criminal charges on both a county and federal level.

On Friday, Feb. 7, federal prosecutors at the U.S. District Court in Missoula filed a charge against the former MSU student for attempting illegal flight in order to avoid prosecution. After Briggs walked out of an unlocked interview room at the Law and Justice Center with both hands and feet bound, he caught a ride to Missoula, federal court documents say.

During the drive, Briggs detailed his planned to head toward Seattle and then to Mexico, staying at homeless shelters along the way. The driver explained how Briggs planned to grow out his hair and facial hair, dying it black to disguise himself. Briggs also told the driver of his eventual plans to board a ship for Russia where there is no extradition.

The driver said he dropped Briggs off at the Missoula bus station at 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 1. Another acquaintance said that Briggs stopped at his house late that evening; the man offered Briggs his garage for the evening. On Feb. 2, surveillance video shows a man matching Briggs description boarding a westbound bus out of Missoula just before 10 a.m.

Police said there was no indication that Briggs was also the man who held up a Missoula Taco Bell and Motel Six on Thursday, Feb. 6.

In Gallatin County Justice Court, Briggs was charged with aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, escape and assault of an officer, all of which are felonies.

According to charging documents, Briggs arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s Tai Lane apartment on Feb. 1 and drugged her with a fruit smoothie. The woman awoke to Briggs attempting to sexually assault her, followed by Briggs trying to both strangle and stab her. After the woman got away and called the police, authorities found Briggs near his 2200 Dickerson Street apartment. Briggs resisted arrest, both trying to escape and punching an officer.

At the time of his arrest, Briggs was a senior in Chemical Engineering at MSU and a member of the Honors College. On Wednesday Feb. 5 Dean of Students Matt Caires said Briggs was no longer a student.

Briggs was admitted into MSU in fall 2011 after graduating with an associate’s degree and high honors from MSU Billings in spring 2011. When applying to MSU, Briggs declared himself as a registered tier 1 sexual offender. Therefore, Briggs was placed on MSU’s sexual and violent offender list. This list, which includes seven other MSU students, can be found on the University Police’s website: http://www.montana.edu/police/svol.shtml.

Briggs is 5 feet 6 inches of medium build with blue eyes and a ear piercing. If seen, immediately call 911.