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Amber Alert lifted: 1-year-old found safe, father faces charges

Julian Maese faces a deadly conduct charge and was booked into the county jail under a $20,000 bond.

A violent confrontation over a 1-year-old boy on Sunday escalated after a shooting that later prompted an Amber Alert.

Police said 26-year-old Julian Michael Maese went to his son’s mother’s home on Saigon Drive in east El Paso and took the boy away from the woman.

An argument then escalated after Maese fired a shotgun at the residence, police said.

Maese put the child inside a vehicle driven by Jesus Elias Vargas, 33, police said.

As that was happening, the boy’s uncle, Daniel Campos, 24, fired his shotgun at the vehicle, striking Vargas, police said.

Vargas collapsed and was later taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Maese drove away with the child as Campos continued to fire at the fleeing vehicle, police said.

The vehicle was later found abandoned, but Maese and the boy were still missing.

An Amber Alert was issued by state authorities, but a short while later, the child was found unharmed in the Lower Valley, police said.

Maese was found Monday morning on the 8200 block of Alameda Avenue, and he was arrested. He faces a deadly conduct charge and was booked into the county jail under a $20,000 bond.

Campos was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He also had traffic warrants, police said.

His bail was set at $25,525.

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