Father arrested for Amber Alert has lengthy criminal history

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A 2-year-old boy that was the subject of an Amber Alert late Sunday night has been found safe.

Johnny Arias went missing Sunday night from a home near 98th Street and Gibson. The 2-year-old was taken by his biological father, 28-year-old Jose Arias, from the boy’s mother. The boy was found early Monday morning just a few blocks away from his mother’s home.

The Albuquerque Police Department says they had good reason to worry about the boy’s safety as Arias made threats against the child and was arrested for driving drunk with his son in the car this past summer.

According to a 2019 criminal complaint, Jose Arias claimed another car had hit him after the crash. Witnesses grabbed his son from him since Arias seemed drunk. Arias also tried to get his son back, then fled on foot before police caught him.

The 28-year-old is also a convicted killer.

Arias was charged with murder in 2011 when his new wife was shot in the neck inside her apartment. He claimed it was an accident. Arias said he dropped the gun and it went off striking and killing 22-year-old Victoria Velasquez-Arias, the granddaughter of a Roswell city councilor.

Arias was only convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.

APD said Arias was booked into jail for violating his probation by taking the child, but has not been charged yet for the suspected kidnapping.

APD is also not elaborating on what threats Arias made against his son.

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