SPOKANE, Wash.-- On Tuesday, newly filed federal court documents detailed what authorities found when they raided James Hendrikson’s North Dakota home. Henrikson was business partners with Doug Carlile, who was shot and killed in Spokane on December 15. Previously filed court documents also confirmed that detectives believe Carlile was killed as part of a murder for hire plot linked to James Henrikson.
Henrikson was arrested January 18 in North Dakota. Authorities arrested Henrikson for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was not arrested for the murder of Douglas Carlile. The FBI searched Henrikson's North Dakota home the previous Tuesday. Authorities said they seized multiple firearms. Henrikson could face federal charges.
NORTH DAKOTA SEARCH:
A U.S. Postal Inspector, Dept. of Homeland Security and other Federal and State law enforcement officers searched James Henrikson's home in Watford City, North Dakota on January 14.
Henrikson is a multi-convicted felon who was allegedly in possession of firearms and ammunition. Documents listed that the search was also related to suspected financial crimes.
Agents located a gun safe in a bathroom of the master bedroom during the search according to court documents. Authorities said there were seven firearms, a large amount of ammunition, medical records, financial documents inside the safe. Records showed that agents also found empty handgun cases in a closet in the master bedroom.
Henrickson will remain in custody until his detention hearing, which is January 24th.
Henrikson was questioned by police just three hours after 63-year-old Carlile’s murder. Henrikson told authorities he was in North Dakota during the phone call, but declined to provide an address.
He stated that he was aware that Carlile had been shot. Henrikson said another man had texted him about Carlile’s murder. Henrikson admitted to being angry with Carlile over their oil lease. He also claimed that Carlile did not pay people the money that they were owed. He told authorities that Carlile owed him $1.88 million.
Henrikson denied killing Carlile and threatening him.
WATCH: Douglas Carlile's N. Dakota business partners
Sources told KREM 2 News those close to the victim have urged detectives to investigate the man Carlile did business with in North Dakota. Records stated that Carlile's life was threatened days prior to his murder and it all involved the business partner James Henrikson.
Henrikson claimed Carlile owed him $1.88 million according to court records.
According to court records, Carlile warned his family about Henrikson before he died. Carlile allegedly said, "if I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, James Henrikson did it." Carlile was loaned a gun by one of his sons as a result of the conversation.
Henrikson and Carlile worked with several other men on two businesses in the oil fields in North Dakota. One business was a trucking company, Bridgewater Energy. The second company specialized in oilfield development, Kingdom Dynamics Enterprises.
Carlile’s wife told investigators that Bridgewater Energy had financial struggles. She said that her husband signed the trucking company over to two other men in October 2013. Carlile previously tried to sign the company over to Henrikson according to court records.
Documents stated that Henrikson assisted Carlile and two other men in acquiring an oil lease in North Dakota for $2 million. Kingdom Dynamics Enterprises was created to develop the oil lease. Henrikson was set to receive $1.2 million when the oil field started making a profit according to the victim’s widow. She added that Kingdom Dynamics Enterprises owed $400,000 and was looking for someone to buy out Henrikson. Carlile’s wife said Henrikson was upset about the prospect of being bought out.
Henrikson demanded $400,000 from Carlile’s son in early September 2013 according to detectives. Skyler Carlile told authorities that Henrikson said “something bad could happen to me and my family,” if he did not receive the money. Henrikson also threatened to sue him and his family according to Skyler Carlile’s interview with authorities. Skyler Carlile told authorities that he believed Henrikson had the ability to harm him.
Detectives stated in court records that they had received a tip about Henrikson from an acquaintance. The man told authorities that he overheard Henrikson telling a business associate named Elton Hynson, “this job would pay the same as the last job.” The acquaintance believed the last job was a reference to a man named Kristopher "K.C." Clarke according to court documents.
Clarke was Henrikson’s former operations manager who had vanished in February 2012.
WATCH: Missing man's friends think Henrikson is behind 2012 disappearance
The acquaintance described Hynson as Henrikson’s muscle in North Dakota. He claimed that Henrikson used Hynson to intimidate and beat up people that were causing Henrikson problems. Police listed Henrikson in the court documents as a suspect in Clarke’s disappearance.
Henrikson has not been named by Spokane Police as a suspect or person of interest in the Carlile murder case. However, his name is listed more than 50 times in Suckow 's charing documents. As of Wednesday night, SPD refused to call Henrikson a murder suspect. They cited "legal reasons" for their decision. Yet, court documents stated that he may be linked to a murder for hire case.
POSSIBLE MURDER WEAPON FOUND:
WATCH: SPD spent hundreds of man-hours investigating murder
Detectives may have found the weapon that killed Carlile. Authorities found more than 20 guns when they searched a home of the murder suspect’s co-worker Tuesday night. They believed one of the weapons was the gun that killed Carlile according to court records.
Police arrested the suspect, 50-year-old Timothy E. Suckow, Monday night. He faced a judge Tuesday afternoon. Authorities searched the home of Suckow’s co-worker. Officers found a stash of guns in the home including one that officers believe is the possible murder weapon.
WHITE VAN TIED THE SCENE:
On January 13, officers impounded a 1995 Chevrolet extended van from a company called IRS Environmental in Spokane Valley. The van matched the description of the vehicle spotted near the crime scene. The owner of IRS Environmental told police that Suckow has kept the white work van overnight in the past. IRS Environmental’s owner was unable to verify whether Suckow had the van the night of the Carlile murder.
A neighbor’s security camera caught images of the van on the night of the murder. Detectives used the video and Department of Licensing records to narrow down vehicles matching the security footage. The IRS Environmental van turned up as a positive match according to authorities.
A different neighbor spotted the van circling the neighborhood. She spoke to KREM 2 News in December and claimed she called police prior to the murder to report the van. Authorities never responded to the call. A third neighbor reported seeing the van. He described a “bald white male with an athletic build” inside the van.
WATCH: Third party links murder suspect and Carlile business partner
Detectives searched Suckow’s personal vehicle following the impounding of the white work van. Court records described what authorities found in Suckow’s green 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe. A black mask was found in the vehicle matching the description of the mask Carlile’s wife described the suspect wearing on the night of the murder. Detectives also found a list in the center console of the SUV. The handwritten list included the following items:
LED light cap
radios with mics
check van scheduling/magnetic signs
wipe tools down
practice with pistol
Suckow was released from federal prison in September 2004. According to authorities, he has two burglaries on his record in Spokane Superior Court. He was also on the Department of Corrections supervision from 1984 to 1991.
Sources said Suckow had a phone number stored in his phone to James Henrikson. Court records show Henrickson as a former business partner of the murder victim.
Federal investigators assisted in the investigation, but authorities said their work was not over.