Mass. man faces attempted murder, kidnapping charges in Salem incident
BRENTWOOD — A Massachusetts man is facing charges of attempted murder and kidnapping for allegedly forcing a woman at gunpoint to bring him to a Salem motel in November.
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.
A grand jury returned the indictments earlier this month in Rockingham County Superior Court.
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.
Salem police were called to the Park View Inn on Route 28 shortly after 9 p.m. that evening, where they found the woman with several lacerations on her head and face.
Valentin allegedly already had fled the area by stealing the woman’s Dodge Caravan, according to police.
The woman told police that Valentin had jumped in her vehicle while she was in Lawrence, Mass.
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.”
Valentin allegedly pointed the gun at the woman’s stomach.
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.
The woman was transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry by the Salem Fire Department and treated for her injuries.
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.
He will be scheduled for arraignment on the New Hampshire charges later this month in superior court.