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Bed sheets hang from Spokane County Jail as murder suspect James Henrikson tries to escape

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Bed sheets could be seen hanging from the Spokane County Jail Thursday morning. Bed sheets could be seen hanging from the Spokane County Jail Thursday morning.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Bed sheets were seen hanging from a top floor window of the Spokane County Jail and reaching all the way to the ground Thursday morning in an apparent escape attempt.

KHQ's Allison Flicker says Doug Carlile murder-for-fire suspect James Henrikson attempted to break out of jail. 

A press release issued Thursday afternoon by Spokane County said Spokane County Jail staff discovered a rope made of bed sheets coming out of a 5th floor cell window. Other debris was still falling out of the broken window because the escape attempt was still in progress. 

Staff then placed the jail into lockdown and the area was blocked off as Spokane Police Officers and Spokane County Deputies were called in to assist. Corrections officers immediately located the two inmates in the cell, who cooperated and were moved to other locations in the jail. All inmates were accounted for just after 5:00 a.m. 

Once the situation was under control, the FBI was called in to investigate as Herikson and his cellmate are both federal inmates. At this time, it is unclear if both inmates were involved in the escape attempt. 

It was just a few weeks ago that court documents were released showing District Attorney's believed Henrikson was plotting to escape from the jail. The documents stated Henrikson was trying to get a team together to break out. 

Justin Shanks, an inmate in the cell next to Henrikson was interviewed on two separate occasions. The first of which was on February 2, 2015 after he passed a note to a corrections officer. According to the documents, the note read "I know someone who is setting up an escape when he goes to court. He is federal. I need to speak to someone who is federal right away! Please and thank you!"

The Tangled Web: A Murder-For-Hire Plot

According to the documents, Henrikson's plan was to have this team attack the U.S. Marshal's van using "guns, grenades, and squirt guns full of gasoline" to burn the van. Henrikson told Shanks he had also recruited another inmate named "DK" to assist him.

The documents say Shanks was interviewed a second time on June 11, 2015. This time by AUSA Aine Ahmed and FBI Special Agent Eric Barker. During the second interview, Shanks told authorities that Henrikson specifically told him that he would get paid $500,000 up front for helping him escape.

The documents also say Henrikson told Shanks he would kick the door of the van real hard so the escape team would know where he was through the smoke after the van burned.

After escaping, Henrikson told Shanks he intended to travel overseas, and that he had a rich uncle in Turkey.

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