- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Authorities say they’re pursuing leads that a rape suspect who escaped from the Bozeman police station on Sunday might have contacts in the Missoula area.

The Missoulian reported Wednesday (http://tinyurl.com/l5y6l8e ) that 28-year-old Kevin Briggs hadn’t been spotted in Missoula, but local police and the University of Montana issued an alert because Bozeman police said he might have links to the area.

Briggs was arrested after a report that a woman in Bozeman was drugged and sexually assaulted last weekend, and that a man tried to stab and strangle her.

Authorities say he escaped after he was left alone in an unlocked room during a shift change at the Bozeman police station. Police say he was handcuffed and his legs were shackled.

Police also say an exterior station door was unlocked.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com