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Mass. man faces attempted murder, kidnapping charges in Salem incident
Walton Valentin, 31, of Middleton, Mass. was indicted on seven charges for allegedly jumping in the woman’s car on Nov. 9 and threatening to kill her and her family if she did not comply with his wishes.
Valentin could face up to life in prison if convicted on the attempted murder charge.
He also faces charges of first- and second-degree assault, criminal threatening, theft by unauthorized taking and violation of a protective order.
Valentin allegedly already had fled the area by stealing the woman’s Dodge Caravan, according to police.
Indictments say that Valentin used a handgun to subdue the woman and told her “that he would kill her and her mother if she didn’t come with him.”
She told police that Valenin pulled the trigger once but the gun jammed while the two were in Salem.
Valentin allegedly began choking the woman and struck her in the face and head with the handgun, prosecutors said.
Police eventually recovered the stolen van in Andover, Mass.
Valentin was apprehended at a deli in New York City on Nov. 14. He also has arrest warrants in Massachusetts, where he was being held following his arrest.
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