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Montana escapee nabbed on S.E. Woodward Street

The U.S. Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force (OFTF) announced the arrest of fugitive Kevin Anthony Briggs on Friday afternoon, February 21. Briggs, who was considered armed and dangerous, was wanted for escaping from the Bozeman Police Department on February 1, 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. A $10,000 reward had been announced for his capture.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF F.B.I. - 28-year-old Kevin Anthony Briggs of Montana, considered armed and dangerous, was captured in Portland without incident on S.E. Woodward Street on February 21st.Although that same afternoon Los Angeles media were reporting that he had been seen in that city, and previously in San Francisco, it appears he never got south of Portland. Friday afternoon, February 21, at approximately 6:45 pm, Briggs was observed in Inner Southeast Portland by Task Force members as a passenger in a van, and was arrested shortly afterward in the 4100 Block of S.E. Woodward Street, with the assistance of a Portland Police K9 officer and U.S. Marshals. He was arrested without incident.

Briggs, 28, had 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. His most recent escape occurred February 1, from an interview room at the Bozeman Police Department, while he was wearing leg restraints and a security belt. Briggs was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC), and is awaiting removal to Montana.