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Suspect In Murder For Hire Case Tries To Escape Washington State Prison By Climbing Down 5th Floor Window Using Bed Sheets

August 21, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspect In Murder For Hire Case Tries To Escape Washington State Prison By Climbing Down 5th Floor Window Using Bed Sheets

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Authorities nabbed two inmates at a Washington state jail Thursday before they could scale five floors to freedom — with the help of a rope made of a lot of bed sheets.

Not to mention no inmate has ever squeezed through the Spokane County Jail’s hopelessly narrow windows in recent history, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich assured the Spokesman-Review.

The bed sheet rope can be seen dangling from the jail’s eighth floor on Thursday morning through the facility’s narrow windows.
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The bed sheet rope can be seen dangling from the jail’s eighth floor on Thursday morning through the facility’s narrow windows.

One of the inmates behind the 4 a.m. foiled escape is believed to be James Henrickson, who’s accused in a murder-for-hire plot, KREM-TV and KXLY-TV reported citing anonymous sources.

A man working out at a nearby gym early Thursday told the newspaper he saw what appeared to be “a whole bunch of sheets tied together” and hanging at least 100 feet out of the building’s fifth floor window.

“That’s like the oldest trick in the book next to putting the file in the cake,” Ken Coburn told the Review.

Henrickson has been in custody for more than a year. He’s accused of hiring Timothy Suckow, 51, to kill a former business partner over a $2 million deal they made over North Dakota oil.

Suckow allegedly went through with the killing by shooting Douglas Carlile to death in December 2013 as his wife hid at their south Spokane home.

This may be Henrickson’s second escape attempt after a neighboring cellmate spilled the beans on Henrickson’s plot to escape while en route to federal court.

U.S. Marshals put a stop to Henrickson’s alleged scheme before a team of men could attack a prisoner transport van with “guns, grenades and squirt guns full of gasoline,” the Review reported in July.

The drive from the jail to the U.S. District Court is less than five minutes along the high-traffic Monroe Street Bridge towering over the Spokane River.

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