A man awaiting trial for his alleged involvement in a robbery at a Subway restaurant over the summer should undergo a mental evaluation, his attorney said Tuesday.

Kevin Maurice Mitchell may be unfit to proceed to trial, Corvallis defense attorney Mike Flinn said in a hearing at the Benton County Courthouse. That means Mitchell may be unable to assist in his defense due to mental illness or may have been suffering a mental disease at the time of the alleged crime, Flinn said.

Police arrested Mitchell on July 22, four days after he and two other men allegedly robbed the restaurant at 2479 NW Monroe Ave. Mitchell was booked into the Benton County Jail, where he remained Tuesday.

The other two men involved have admitted fault. Steven Lance Thompson pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree robbery in August. Thompson’s attorney said his client acted as a lookout during the incident. A judge sentenced Thompson to four-and-a-half years in prison.

Earlier that month, Patrick Ambrose Daly pleaded guilty to the same charge. A judge sentenced him to five years behind bars.

Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, conspiracy to commit a Class A felony and two counts of second-degree theft.

According to police, a man wearing a mask entered the restaurant at about 3:45 a.m. on July 18. The suspect showed a handgun to an employee and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled before officers arrived at the scene, police said. No one was injured during the robbery.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 


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