- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana State University student who escaped from Bozeman police during a sexual assault investigation told an acquaintance he plans to flee to Russia, which has no extradition treaty with the U.S., federal court documents say.

Federal prosecutors filed a charge of illegal flight to avoid prosecution against Kevin Briggs, 28, in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Friday. He remains at large.

Charging documents indicate that after Briggs walked out of the Bozeman police station on Feb. 1, he got a ride to Missoula.

The driver told federal investigators Briggs said he planned to travel to Seattle then south to Mexico, staying at homeless shelters along the way. Briggs reportedly said he planned to change his appearance by growing facial hair, growing out his hair and dying it black. He also said he planned to take a ship to Russia.

The driver said he dropped Briggs off at the bus station in Missoula late on Feb. 1. Surveillance video shows someone matching Briggs‘ description at the bus station at 10:45 p.m.

Another acquaintance said Briggs showed up at his residence late on Feb. 1 and said he planned to leave the state. The acquaintance offered to let Briggs stay in his garage that night. Surveillance video shows someone who looks like Briggs waiting at the bus depot until a westbound bus left just before 10 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Gallatin County prosecutors have charged Briggs with attempted sexual intercourse without consent and assaulting his former girlfriend at her apartment, as well as assaulting a police officer and escape. Police said Briggs, who was in handcuffs and leg shackles, walked out of an unlocked interview room during a shift change.

Briggs was a registered sex offender after a conviction for raping and kidnapping his former girlfriend in Helena in 2003. He was 17 and she was 14.

After the rape conviction, Briggs was an inmate with the Department of Corrections assigned to the Billings Intensive Supervision Program. In August 2004, his grandmother reported Briggs left the house in the middle of the night and hadn’t returned. He was arrested in October 2005 in Humboldt County in California.

Briggs is 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a medium build. He has blue eyes and pierced ears.


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