April 21, 2014 in City

Two men suspected of plotting escape from Spokane County Jail

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Toenail clippers, toilet paper and some toothpaste could not buy freedom for an accused child rapist and a man facing drug charges at the Spokane County Jail this weekend.

Jeremiah Logan and Jason Cooper, both 32, face charges of first-degree escape after letters from Logan and a fellow inmate were found indicating the cellmates’ plans to break out of the jail. Logan faces a June trial date on child rape charges dating to Fall 2011, and Cooper was moved to the jail in January awaiting disposition of a meth possession case. Cooper also faces a felony DUI charge and has a criminal history of injuring others while driving under the influence of drugs, according to court documents.

Cooper was granted a supervised pass from the jail last month to receive eyeglasses, according to court documents.

A tool fashioned out of toenail clippers, a strip of cloth and a towel rack was found in the pair’s cell. A small hole between 4 inches and 8 inches in length and 2 inches to 4 inches in height was discovered by corrections staff, and it appeared the hole was camouflaged by toilet paper, toothpaste and cardboard, according to court documents.

Another inmate told jail staff he heard rustling from the cell Saturday night that sounded as though an light fixtures were being removed, according to court documents.

Both men are expected to appear in court this afternoon on the felony escape charge. Jail staff said the size of the cell makes it impossible one inmate plotted the escape without the help and knowledge of the other.

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