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Walton Valentin arrested in New York

Boston MA

A Massachusetts man wanted for assaulting a woman in a New Hampshire motel two weeks ago was apprehended in New York on Thursday, police said.

Walton Valentin, 29, of Methuen, was found hiding in the bathroom of a deli on Anderson Avenue in the Bronx, police said.

He has been the subject of an intensive manhunt since the weekend by State Police and police in Lawrence, Andover, Methuen and Salem NH

Valentin is expected to face charges in New Hampshire in connection with the assault of a woman in a hotel room in Salem.

The woman told police the incident started in Lawrence when her boyfriend jumped into her car, held a gun to her stomach and threatened to kill her family in the Dominican Republic.

The woman said once they were in the motel room, the man pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger but the gun jammed, police said. She was beaten and choked, and he later beat the woman with the firearm, police said.

Valentin will also face charges in Massachusetts in connection with assaults of the same woman in October, to include multiple counts of assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful carrying of a firearm, violation of protective order and threats to commit a crime, as well as a single home invasion count, police said.


‘High-risk,’ Level 3 sex offender arrested
Michael Cunningham also charged in assault on girlfriend

Taunton MA

A man described as a high-risk, Level 3 sex offender was arrested by Massachusetts State Police Friday.

Michael P. Cunningham, 31, was taken into custody in Taunton for failing to register as a sex offender and on a warrant for kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, State Police said.

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Cunningham had been listed as one of the top 10 most-wanted sex offenders in Massachusetts.

Cunningham had been listed as a Level 3 sex offender after his conviction in 2004 for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.

Cunningham is also charged in a 2011 assault on a former girlfriend. The victim was hospitalized with extensive injuries which included a broken clavicle and apparent choke marks around her neck, police said.