- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - According to state documents quoted in an Oregonian story on prison escape attempts, here’s how inmate Robert Emery tried to make it out of the state prison near Ontario. The newspaper reported it didn’t disclose all the details out of concern for prison security:

Emery used clothing and towels to craft a dummy that created the illusion of someone sleeping under a blanket.

He jumped into a laundry cart in his cell block, burrowing into dirty clothes.

Another inmate pushed the cart to the prison laundry, locking it in with dozens of others for the night.

Left alone, Emery broke a hole in the wall to get into prison maintenance shops.

Once there, he busted open a vending machine and pried open cages holding hand tools.

Guided by a checklist he wrote earlier, he loaded two bags with tools, including a sledgehammer, a pry bar, a battery-powered drill and a power saw. He also had maps of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Wyoming. The reports don’t explain how he got them.

He drilled out the door lock to get into a utility room, shed his pants and applied lotion to slither through a vent to get outdoors.

He dug under one fence, and climbed over a second.

The razor wire on top shredded his arms as he went over, and Emery quit.

Prison officials won’t say how close he came to escaping.

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