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Mass. man wanted for attempted murder at Salem motel

The Salem police are searching for a 30-year-old man they say tried to kill a woman.

The police responded to a domestic disturbance Saturday evening at a motel where they found the woman with severe head injuries. She told them that Walton Valentin of Methuen, Mass., had jumped into her car in Lawrence, Mass., held a gun to her stomach and threatened to kill her family.

At the motel, she said Valentin pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger but the gun jammed. She said he choked her and hit her repeatedly in the head with the gun before stealing her minivan.

The police recovered the van in Andover, Mass. They said Valentin should be considered armed and dangerous.

He faces charges including attempted second-degree murder, kidnapping, assault and others.

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