Aramazd Andressian Sr a South Pasadena man has been arrested on suspicion of murder of his 5 year old son as retaliation for a bitter divorce.
Police have alleged that Aramazd Andressian Sr, a 35 year old South Pasadena, California father murdered his five year old son as revenge after an acrimonious divorce with his estranged wife.
The claim comes with the child since missing for two months after the father took the boy to Disneyland at Anaheim, as a ‘surprise’.
While investigators have yet to discover the body of Aramazd Andressian Jr, they believe that strong circumstantial evidence exists, proving the father killed his own son reports the losangelestimes.
Told Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, ‘I am confident the evidence proves Mr. Andressian committed this horrible crime’.
Investigators have been searching for the missing boy since his father was found passed out in his car in Arroyo Park, a large park in South Pasadena, on April 22.
Police say the father had taken prescription pills and was found doused in gasoline in what they say was a failed suicide bid.
he boy was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father around 1am on April 21.
Investigators believe Andressian killed his son a short time later and then drove about 145 miles later that morning to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.
Within a week of the boy’s disappearance, police arrested his dad on suspicion of one count of child endangerment and one count of child abduction. But they released him days later, citing ‘insufficient evidence’, at the time.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives have searched the lake twice in the past few months, using dogs and a dive team to help in the search.
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.
He’s being held in the city on $10million bail.
Andressian changed his appearance and had been ‘socializing’ while living out of a Las Vegas hotel for 47 days, conduct characterized as inconsistent with that of a grieving parent, said sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza.
In a picture released of Andressian being arrested, his hair appears to have been dyed blond. The father had also shaved off his beard.
Reiterated Mendoza, ‘He has not been cooperative whatsoever. As a matter of fact, he has given us information in interviews that were untruths’.
Andressian told investigators he believed he was attacked, but he had no memory of the assault. He also told police he had taken some prescription medication that morning before falling unconscious, CNN reports.
Investigators also believe Andressian was planning to leave the US and flee to a country that does not have an extradition agreement with the US, Mendoza said. Officials declined to identify the country.
Detectives believe Andressian killed his son in an attempt to get back at his estranged wife for their ‘tumultuous’ relationship, Mendoza said.
The couple were separated and had been sharing custody. The boy was last seen by his mother who had a video chat with him on April 18 as he visited with his father, only to never be seen again.
The boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, had been scheduled to have a video chat with her son on April 20, said South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller.
The child had last been in his mother’s presence April 15 before the woman handed him off to her estranged husband for a scheduled visit.
Police began investigating after Andressian failed to drop the boy off with his mother after the weekend.
Andressian’s attorney, Daniel Nardoni, has said his client ‘is adamant that he never harmed his son Aramazd and is innocent of the charges.‘
Andressian is expected to appear in court in Las Vegas on Tuesday for an extradition hearing and will likely be brought back to Los Angeles by the end of the week, prosecutors said where he will face a murder charge.
‘My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life,’ the boy’s mother said in a statement released by the sheriff’s department.
Although the boy’s body has not been found, detectives and the D.A.’s office believe there is enough evidence for a conviction. If convicted as charged, the suspect faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.
A $30,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information on Andressian Jr’s body.