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Mass. State Police arrest man in wanted for brutal weekend assault

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NEW YORK CITY ( -- A man wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder after brutally assaulting a woman he knew Saturday evening was arrested Thursday afternoon in the Bronx section of New York City, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

Two members of the State Police's Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, as well as New York Police Department officers found 29-year-old Walton Valentin hiding in the bathroom of a deli in the Bronx.

Police in Methuen, Lawrence, Andover and Salem, N.H. had been searching for Valentin, the 29-year-old Methuen resident, since Saturday, when he violently assaulted a woman he knew in the New Hampshire town.

Valentin was booked in the Bronx and is being held there until he can be legally brought back to New Hampshire, where he will face charges related to the assault, including attempted murder, according to police.

Valentin is also facing charges in Massachusetts, where he assaulted the same woman in October. Charges include multiple counts of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, violation of a protective order, and one count of home invasion.

Saturday's attack left the woman unconscious, and Valentin then stole her minivan, which he abandoned in Andover, Mass.

Just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, Salem, N.H. police responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Park View Inn.

When police arrived, they found the woman suffering from severe head injuries, according to the Salem Police Department. Officials said the suspect, Walton F. Valentin, had fled by stealing the victim's minivan.

The incident began earlier that evening in Lawrence, Mass., when the woman said Valentin jumped into her car, held a gun to her stomach and threatened to kill her family in the Dominican Republic. At the inn in New Hampshire, Valentin pointed his gun at her and pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed, she said.

Valentin then hit the woman over the head repeatedly with the gun, and then choked her until she became unconscious, police said.

The woman called police after regaining consciousness, and members of the Salem Fire Department transported her to Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H. for treatment.

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