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Police Still Searching for Escapee

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Law enforcement agencies across the state continue to search for the sex offender, who escaped from the Gallatin County Law and Justice Center Saturday morning.  Police say 28 year old Kevin Briggs was not being watched when he got away.

At approximately 5:15am on Saturday, Bozeman police responded to a call of a woman who had been sexually assaulted near Montana State University's Campus. The man also tried to stab her.

Bozeman Deputy Chief of Police Rich McLane said "approximately 5:40 we located and arrested Mr. Briggs.  He was brought to the law and justice for continuing aspects of the investigation."
That man being questioned was 28-year-old, Kevin Briggs. After assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, Briggs was brought to the Bozeman Police Department and placed in an interview room, waiting to talk to a detective.
McLane said of the room that "these are not locked down rooms, but they are within our police area so you could walk out one door, push another door be in the lobby and push another door and be on the street."
McLane says Briggs escaped sometime in the ten minutes he was left unattended.  Officers discovered he was gone at 8:05.

McLane said "he was not being directly watched. The officers knew he was dangerous . They knew he had just assaulted someone. They knew he was a an escape risk, but there was communication gap between on officer and another officer and somewhere one thought one was watching him and the another thought he was watching him."
Briggs escaped in a belly belt with his hands cuffed and shackles on his legs. Officers were able to track Briggs foot steps for sometime, but then it became more difficult as the day went on. Because of this overlook, McLane says the department is doing an internal review.
"We owe it to the community  to make sure we take an error such as this seriously and we owe it the community to make sure that its safe and that means addressing and fixing problems that we may have identified in our own organization. Do a comprehensive review of this incident, we will identify things that need to be addressed and changed whether it be to an individual for something that they did wrong or that they could of done better," said McLane.
A $500,000 warrant has been issued on Briggs. He is being charged with aggravated assault, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, assault of a peace officer and escape, all felonies.

Briggs is a registered Level One sex offender. He escaped custody twice before in Lewis and Clark County and Powell County. Previously, he was charged with sexual intercourse without consent, burglary, and kidnapping.

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