EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 30, 2014

Methuen man faces dangerousness hearing

By Jill Harmacinski

---- — SALEM, Mass. — A Methuen man accused of trying to shoot his ex-girlfriend in a Salem, N.H. motel room, but the gun jammed instead, will remain held without bail until at least the middle of next month.

Walton Valentin, 31, was tracked down to a bathroom in a New York City deli on Nov. 14 where he was taken into custody. Police say he kidnapped his ex-girlfriend in Lawrence on Nov. 9, drove her to a Salem, N.H. motel where he beat her and attempted to murder her.

The woman managed to escape the room and get help. Valentin fled to New York where he was found hiding in a Bronx deli by Massachusetts and New York police.

Valentin of 41 Hardy St., was arraigned on 20 charges in Salem Superior Court yesterday and held without bail per order of Judge John Lu. A hearing was scheduled for Feb. 12 to determine if Valentin is a danger to himself and/or the community.

He is facing charges of breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, assault by means of a dangerous weapon (two counts), aggravated assault and battery, assault and battery, stalking, kidnapping and 13 counts of violation of a protective restraining order.

The 31-year-old woman told police Valentin kidnapped her in Lawrence and forced her at gunpoint to drive to the hotel over the state line. He pressed a silver and black handgun into her right side, telling her he was going to kill her her mother in the Dominican Republic,” according to police.

In the motel room, the woman said Valentin grabbed her by the throat and threw her up against the wall, striking her head several times. He then pulled out the gun, while pointing it at her, pulled the ejector slide back (to load a round into the chamber) and pulled the trigger,” according to the Lawrence police report, written by Sgt. Shawn Quaglietta.

“Fortunately, the firearm jammed and did not fire,” Quaglietta wrote.

Earlier this month, Valentin was also indicted by the Rockingham County Grand Jury in New Hampshire on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, criminal threatening and theft. Valentin was also indicted on a charge of violating a protective order, a misdemeanor.

An arraignment date there has not been scheduled.

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