Dad Arrested In Boy's Disappearance Posed 'Flight Risk'

Dad Arrested In Boy's Disappearance Posed 'Flight Risk'

Dad Arrested In Boy's Disappearance Posed 'Flight Risk'

Aramazd Andressian Sr. remained in custody following his arrest in Las Vegas on Friday and is expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles later this week, L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials said at a news conference.

The South Pasadena father arrested late last week in Las Vegas on suspicion of killing his missing 5-year-old son has been charged with murder, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Monday.

Aramazd Andressian Jr. has been missing since April 22, authorities said, after his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., took him to a South Pasadena park where a custody exchange was to take place, authorities said. The department said in a statement that 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested on Friday, June 23, 2017, afternoon in Las Vegas and is being held there on $10 million bail.

The suspect was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and will return to Los Angeles County pending the extradition process. 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.

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Although the boy's body has not been found, detectives and the D.A.'s office believe there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Andressian, who detectives have said has given "inconsistent" and "misleading" statements, hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with investigators. He told authorities he'd taken prescription pills, and the vehicle had been doused in gasoline.

Andressian Sr. had been found unconscious at Arroyo Park in South Pasadena later that morning; the boy was nowhere to be seen.

Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department, declined to say what evidence led to Andressian's arrest.

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Surveillance footage showed Andressian at the lake, police said, but they could not verify if the boy had been there. Police have alleged that the inside of his auto was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle.

Estevez has also spoken publicly, pleading for the public's help at a May news conference with law enforcement. She expressed great sorrow at the conclusion that her son is nearly certainly dead.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. lawyered up not long after his son disappeared, and within a week of the child going missing, he released a statement through that attorney in an attempt to explain what had happened on April 22.

"I'm shocked and surprised, particularly when you have someone, a client, who's adamant that he does not know the whereabouts of his son, nor did he do anything to harm him", Nardoni said. She said she will miss "Piqui" - her pet name for her son - "each and every second of every day for the rest of my life". I'm counting the days until I see you again.

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Anyone with information on the case was urged to call homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.

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