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November 11, 2013

Police in two states seek murder suspect

Methuen man wanted in connection with Salem assault

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Methuen police Lt. Michael Pappalardo said Salem police contacted his department and informed them of the warrants against Valentin.

“We confirmed that the warrants were in effect and we went to two different locations (in Methuen) early (Sunday) afternoon in an attempt to locate him,” Pappalardo said yesterday. “We were allowed entry into both multi-family dwellings by the occupants, but the suspect was not at those locations. At this point, we are still searching and working in conjunction with New Hampshire.”

Asked whether his department was familiar with the suspect, Pappalardo would only say Valentin is known to them.

In October 2007, Valentin was arrested with three others during a drug raid in Leominster. In January 2008, he pleaded not guilty to a charge of trafficking more than 200 grams of cocaine, according to published reports.

He originally was held on $500,000 cash bail, but in 2009, was found not guilty in Worcester Superior Court after a jury-waived trial.

In October 2009, Valentin was arrested in Lawrence on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to a police log.

Lawrence police could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Patten confirmed the victim and Valentin were in a relationship and called the attack a domestic violence incident.

He said local police are reaching out to state and federal agencies for assistance in their search for Valentin.

“They have fugitive apprehension resources that are of a wider breadth than ours,” he said.

Salem police will continue to work with their counterparts in Methuen and Lawrence, he said.

Staff writer Mike LaBella contributed to this report.

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