Pauls Valley robbery suspect found competent to stand trial

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PAULS VALLEY, Okla. - A man charged in connection with robbing a Pauls Valley drug store last year has been found competent to stand trial after claiming he was a different inmate.

Jeremy Lavorchek, 29, and Travis Earl Seat, 31, were arrested after police said they robbed Legacy Drug, a pharmacy in downtown Pauls Valley in March 2016.

"There were three people in the pharmacy at the time that they came in, they were in disguise, in masks," said Pauls Valley Police Chief Mitch McGill. "Jumped the counter, took the subjects, tied them up, threatened them at gunpoint. Very violent."

McGill says Lavorchek was arrested after a foot chase; Seat was also arrested. Both were charged with a number of counts, including assault, kidnapping and robbery.

The two were also the subject of a manhunt in April 2017 after police say Lavorchek overpowered a Garvin County Jail detention officer, forcing jail staff to release Seat and stole a jail vehicle. Both were arrested a short time later.

During a competency jury trial Tuesday on the pharmacy robbery charges, authorities say Lavorchek tried to convince a jury he was actually another inmate, having taken the false identity because that inmate had less time to serve. The jury found Lavorchek competent to stand trial.

"I feel that he's very intelligent," said McGill. "Very intelligent criminal. That's why we're going through the court process. I believe he understands the court process very well."

A jury trial in Garvin County is scheduled for next month.

Lavorchek is also serving federal time for another robbery.

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