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Man is accused of kidnapping girlfriend

Police in New Hampshire and Massachusetts are searching for a Methuen man with a history of violent assaults who they allege kidnapped his girlfriend in Lawrence, drove to New Hampshire, then tried to kill her in a hotel, authorities said

Police say that on Saturday, Walton F. Valentin, 30, allegedly jumped into the woman’s vehicle in Lawrence, pointed a gun at her stomach, and threatened to kill her family.

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They drove less than 10 miles before pulling into the Park View Inn in Salem, N.H., where police said Valentin tried to shoot her in a hotel room. When the gun jammed, he tried to choke her and struck her repeatedly over the head with the gun, according to a police report.

The woman passed out, and when she regained consciousness she called police just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, police said.

By then, Valentin had fled in her vehicle. Police found the vehicle in Andover.

On Sunday, Methuen police went to two addresses listed for Valentin and family members, said Lieutenant Michael Pappalardo. His family let police search both homes but he was not there, Pappalardo said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was treated at Parkland Medical Center in Derry, N.H., and released.

Valentin is wanted on several charges, including kidnapping and attempted murder.

Police in Lawrence, Methuen, and Salem, N.H., are still searching for Valentin, said Salem Deputy Police Chief Shawn J. Patten.

Valentin has several active warrants for violent assaults, Patten said. Police have connected him to several other crimes in Lawrence, including assault with a dangerous weapon, home invasion, and breaking and entering.

“He should be considered still armed and dangerous,” Pappalardo said.

“She’s in hiding,” Patten said. “She’s scared.”

Maria Cramer can be reached at Follow her on Twitter@ GlobeMCramer.
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