Montana school lockdowns lifted; suspect at large

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The University of Montana and other schools lifted lockdowns Thursday prompted by the armed robbery of two Missoula businesses, but the suspect remained at large, police said.

The Motel 6 and the Taco Bell restaurant on East Broadway were robbed at gunpoint around 9 a.m., Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh said. The university campus was put on lockdown at about 10:20 a.m., shortly after a man carrying a gun and a plastic bag was seen running along Arthur Avenue near the university.

UM spokeswoman Peggy Kuhr said city and UM campus police believe the robbery suspect matches the description of Kevin Briggs, a suspect in a Bozeman attempted rape who escaped from the police station there on Feb. 1.

Briggs, 28, is described as being 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a medium build. UM and Missoula police issued an alert on Wednesday saying Bozeman police learned Briggs might be heading for Missoula because he had connections there.

A witness at the motel described the robbery suspect as a white male about 5 feet, 5 inches tall with brown hair. He was wearing a red Hellgate High School letterman jacket with the name "Jennifer" on it, as well as a teal bandanna and sunglasses, and bags over shoes. He also had a semi-automatic pistol.

A witness at Taco Bell described the suspect as a white man wearing a blue hoodie, with black sunglasses, jeans, dark shoes and light socks. He had a white bandanna over his face with black gloves and brandished a black semi-automatic pistol.