Father Arrested on Murder Charges in Case of Missing South Pasadena Boy

Father Arrested on Murder Charges in Case of Missing South Pasadena Boy

Los Angeles County law enforcement officials told reporters Monday that prior to his arrest last week, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. had changed his appearance and had been socializing in Las Vegas, conduct characterized as inconsistent with that of a grieving parent. Aramazd Andressian's bail now stands at $10 million. The arrest comes after an extensive search for the boy. The sheriff's lieutenant alleged that the murder was "pre-planned" and took place between the time father and son left Disneyland and the man was discovered unconscious at the South Pasadena park, the result of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. About six hours later, Mendoza said Andressian Sr. turned up at Lake Cachuma in San Bernardino County, without his son.

"My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life", she said in the statement.

Mendoza said Andressian Sr. has spent the last 47 days in Las Vegas. His father was initially detained on suspicion of child endangerment and abduction but released for lack of evidence.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff's department said more information on the case would be released Monday during a press conference. Javier Godinez is neighbors with the missing boy's mother and grandparents. The father said he did not remember what happened to his child or any details that were useful in locating the boy.

Boy's mother reported him missing on April 22, after his father, with whom she shares custody, failed to show up to their arranged meeting point to drop off their son. Officers discovered the auto had been impounded that same morning in South Pasadena. Andressian was taken into custody but released based on insufficient evidence.

"When those efforts did not bring young Aramazd home to his mother, we focused our prime suspect, his father", MocDonnell said.

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Attorney Daniel Nardoni, who is representing Andressian Sr., said he was surprised to learn of the murder charge Friday afternoon.

The California father of a missing 5-year-old boy has been arrested in Las Vegas and is suspected in the boy's death.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said her office filed one count of murder against Aramazd Andressian Sr. last week.

There have been no official sightings of Andressian Jr. since he was seen on Disneyland cameras with his father in April.

When asked whether Andressian has provided information to investigators, Mendoza said, "He has not been cooperative, whatsoever". He could not account for his son's whereabouts. "I can only speculate that I must have been attacked", he said afterward. They also executed a search warrant at the home of the mother of Andressian Sr.in Montebello.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide investigators coordinated the arrest with LA County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau Fugitive Taskforce, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department CAPE (Major Violator/Narcotics Crimes Bureau), Homicide Section and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce of the United States Marshals Service.

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