Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

LA-area father arrested on suspicion of killing missing son

LA-area father arrested on suspicion of killing missing son

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested last Friday, June 23, on suspicion of murder, about two months after Aramazd Andressian Jr. was reported missing by his mother when her ex-husband failed to show up with their son for a planned custody exchange on April 22.

Detectives said they believe Andressian killed his son in an attempt to get back at his estranged wife for their strained relationship, Mendoza said.

Sheriff's investigators presented evidence to LA County prosecutors, who deemed it sufficient to arrest Andressian, the statement said.

Mendonza said Andressian Sr. and his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., were last seen leaving Disneyland in Anaheim at about 1 in the morning on April 21, the day before the boy went missing.

There have been no confirmed sightings of the child since he went missing, Mendoza said Monday. "I hope and pray for the safe return of my only child, my namesake", he said in the statement obtained by KTLA-TV in Los Angeles.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said detectives arrested Andressian in part because he "was becoming a flight risk".

Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested Friday in Las Vegas
LA-area father arrested on suspicion of killing missing son

Officials at the news conference did not elaborate on the divorce of the boy's parents. Officials also said the 35-year-old meant to kill himself when he was found passed out near his gasoline-soaked auto on April 21. 17, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau Capt. Christopher Bergner, center, stands by a poster of Aramazd Andressian Jr., a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for several weeks from South Pasadena, Calif., at a news conference outside the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles. He says I never would do such things like that to my child.

Bail was set at $10 million pending extradition to Los Angeles County, the Sheriff's Department said. Although the boy's body has not been found, detectives and the district attorney's office believe there is enough evidence for a conviction. Investigators believe Andressian killed his son a short time later and then drove about 145 miles (230 kilometers) later that morning to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.

Aramazd Andressian Sr., who was arrested in Las Vegas last week, appeared shackled in a courtroom packed with reporters.

Mendoza also said Andressian Sr. gave investigators inaccurate information in interviews.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. wasn't asked and didn't say where his son is, and his lawyer later said he didn't know either.

A search began April 22, after the father was found passed out in a auto in a park in South Pasadena, California. Police served search warrants at his South Pasadena home, as well as at the homes of other family members. The boy's father had reportedly recently moved into the home, where investigators "seized various items of evidence", according to a sheriff's statement released at the time. Andressian Sr. said he may have been attacked.

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