Crime and Courts

Feb 2, 2014 7:47 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News

Statewide manhunt launched for sex offender who escaped from custody

BOZEMAN - 28-year-old Kevin Briggs is still on the loose after escaping the Law and Justice Center Saturday morning.

MTN's Keele Smith was able to see where Briggs was most recently living and spoke with neighbors who are still in shock.

"He creeped me out from the get go," Southbrook resident, Lindsey Heinemann, said.

Heinemann is a neighbor of Kevin Briggs'.

She and her family had to leave the building Saturday so that Special Response Teams could search Briggs' apartment.

"We already knew what was going on at that point, so we didn't ask them any questions we just got ready and left," Heinemann said.
"It took them about an hour and twenty minutes before they let us back in."

Briggs' apartment is in the Southbrook apartment complex. Some of his neighbors say he's always been a polite guy and they're shocked with his recent behavior.

"We knew that he had had problems with the law in the past, but we had just assumed they were drug charges," Heinemann said. "We didn't know it was anything this serious."

Another neighbor who knows Briggs, did not want to comment on camera, but says she was surprised to find out about Briggs' history.

Briggs is a registered sex offender.

Officers were questioning him for a report of sexual intercourse without consent and assault with a weapon using a knife. That's when he escaped from the Law and Justice Center, still shackled.

While police don't know where he is, they are keeping an eye on the apartment complex.

"I feel safe," Heinemann said. "I don't think he'd come back. I don't think we're in any danger. We just want him caught and hopefully, a nice family will move in downstairs," Heinemann said.

Briggs has escaped custody twice before and has previous kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent charges.

Anyone with possible information on Briggs is urged to call the Bozeman Police Department at 406-582-2000 or Crimestoppers at 406-586-1131.

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