Father of missing boy arrested, accused of murder

Father of missing boy arrested, accused of murder

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, was arrested about 1 p.m.in Nevada and booked at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with bail set at $10 million.

Refusing to share specifics about what evidence they collected in the case, Mendoza said they believe Andressian Sr. killed his son to get back at Estevez during their divorce.

Come Friday, sheriff's homicide detectives and federal agents in Las Vegas arrested Andressian after concerns the man was 'becoming a flight risk, ' Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

Authorities say Andressian and Aramazd were last seen late on April 20 when they visited Disneyland in Anaheim, California. He told police he could not account for his son, police said. He faces extradition to Los Angeles County. Investigators said when Andressian Sr. changed his appearance by shaving his beard and dying his hair, they feared he might try to flee the country.

Officials at the news conference did not elaborate on the divorce of the boy's parents.

Andressian is suspected of killing his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr. Sheriff's officials said he had taken prescription pills and the vehicle was doused with gasoline in an apparent attempt to take his own life.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she understands it seems unusual to file a murder charge when investigators haven't found the boy's body and concedes it will be a challenge. He says I never would do such things like that to my child. Aramazd Andressian's bail now stands at $10 million. He said investigators believe Andressian Sr. was planning to leave the country and travel to a location where he could not be extradited.

Father of missing boy arrested, accused of murder

Police and sheriff's deputies conducted an extensive search of the park for Aramazd but didn't find the boy.

Authorities eventually gathered enough circumstantial evidence to charge the father with suspicion of murder and promptly picked him up on Friday. "I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition".

They have combed Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena where the father was found several times in the past few months, using dogs and drones to help in the search.

The elder Andressian has been uncooperative and allegedly gave false information to investigators since he fell under suspicion, Mendoza said. Aramazd Andressian Sr. will appear in a Las Vegas court on Tuesday for an extradition hearing.

Investigators are focusing on a 6½ hour window between when Andressian was seen leaving Disneyland with his son and when he was found in the park.

"There are no words to describe how devastated and heartbroken I am", Estevez said through tears, before speaking directly to Aramazd. Andressian had taken prescription pills, in an effort, authorities believe, to kill himself. Law enforcement officials intend to continue searching for the boy's body in Santa Barbara County, Mendoza said.

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