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November 11, 2013

Police in two states seek murder suspect

Methuen man wanted in connection with Salem assault

SALEM, N.H. — Police in two states are searching for a Methuen man, wanted for an attempted murder at a Salem motel Saturday night.

Walton F. Valentin, 30, allegedly tried to shoot his girlfriend, then choked and beat her after his gun jammed. He is considered armed and dangerous, according to Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

Valentin, whose last known address was in Methuen, allegedly jumped into his girlfriend’s minivan in Lawrence earlier Saturday and held a handgun to her stomach.

The pair traveled to the Park View Inn on South Broadway in Salem and once inside a room there, the violence continued, according to Patten.

At the motel, Valentin pointed the gun at the woman and pulled the trigger, Patten said. But the gun jammed.

That didn’t stop the attack, Patten said. Valentin then choked and hit his victim over the head with the gun, knocking her unconscious, according to police. He also threatened to kill the woman’s relatives in the Dominican Republic.

Valentin reportedly took off in the victim’s minivan, later found abandoned in Andover. When the woman regained consciousness, she called police, just past 7 p.m.

“She suffered significant head wounds, lacerations,” Patten said.

She was treated at Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

Salem, Methuen and Lawrence police are searching for Valentin.

His victim’s minivan was held at the Andover police station, where Salem detectives searched it yesterday. The vehicle was later released, Patten said.

Valentin, who faces numerous charges from this incident, also has outstanding warrants in Massachusetts.

“He has warrants for violent crimes in two states,” Patten said yesterday.

Another police source said Valentin has warrants related to a home invasion and an assault in the Bay State.

The warrants for his arrest from Salem include charges of attempted second-degree murder, second-degree assault, kidnapping with injury, criminal threatening, violation of a protective order and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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