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BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man who allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a woman in New Hampshire was arrested Thursday by a fugitive task force while hiding in the bathroom of a deli in New York City, state police said.
Walton Valentin, 31, of Methuen, faces charges in New Hampshire for attempted second-degree murder and kidnapping after Salem, N.H., police said they found the woman at a motel there Saturday night with severe head injuries.
Police said she told them Valentin had jumped into her car in Lawrence, Mass., held a gun to her stomach and threatened to kill her family. She said the gun jammed when he tried to shoot her at the motel, but he hit her repeatedly on the head with it and then stole her van, police said. Police recovered the van in Andover, Mass.
State police said he'll also face charges in Massachusetts for other alleged assaults on the same woman in October, including violation of a protective order and home invasion.
Valentin is being held in New York until a hearing to return him to New Hampshire. It's not immediately known if he has an attorney.
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