Inmates use hook to bust through a Spokane Co. Jail wall

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 8:24 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Authorities said two inmates tried to escape from the Spokane County Jail. Staff said they found a small hole in a wall during the weekend. However, officials said the wall did not lead outside.

Jail staff said the inmates, Jeremiah Logan and Jason Cooper, were charged with the escape attempt. They said the inmates used a clothing hook to make the hole. On Monday, authorities said all of the hooks had since been removed from the building.

The inmates hid the one-by-five inch hole with toothpaste and toilet paper during cell checks according to authorities.

It was another inmate who alerted authorities to the escape attempt, according to officials. They said he reported hearing some unscrewing and bizarre banging in a nearby cell.

“They were digging inside of a chamber that was part of our heating and ventilation ducts,” said Lt. Michael Sparber with the Spokane County Jail.

Court documents showed some toenail clippers might have also helped create the hole.

It remained under investigation Monday on how long it took the inmates to achieve the chipping.

“I would imagine they'd been working on this for a week or so,” said Sparber.

Documents showed a letter written by one of the suspects to his wife indicated he was set on breaking free.

The men face additional charges. They were both in jail for felonies.

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