Man Spent Weeks in Las Vegas After Son's Disappearance

Kari Scott
June 27, 2017

Andressian Sr., 35, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, roughly two months after the disappearance of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. has been missing since late April, following a week-long visit with his non-custodial father, Aramazd Andressian Sr. He claimed to have no memory of what had happened to his child, who had last been seen with his father and other family members at Disneyland two days prior, reports CNN.

Andressian's attorney, Daniel Nardoni, has said his client "is adamant that he never harmed his son Aramazd and is innocent of the charges". He told police he could not account for his son, police said.

A $20,000 reward has been offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for information that helps authorities locate the child, who is white, with brown hair and brown eyes and a small mole on the bottom of his right shoulder.

Sheriff's deputies and South Pasadena police officers search a drainage area in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park looking for clues into the disappearance of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian.

The 5-year-old's body has not been found, but homicide investigators say there's enough evidence to charge his father with murder.

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Andressian Sr. claimed, in a statement made by his attorney, that the boy wanted to go to the park after breakfast, before meeting his mother. Sheriff's officials said he took prescription pills and was found in a vehicle doused in gasoline.

Andressian Sr. was found later that morning, unconscious in a South Pasadena park. Andressian Sr.'s gray 2004 BMW sedan was found with its interior and exterior doused with gasoline. But the department would give no further details on what that evidence was, whether the evidence came from the search at Andressian's or his mother's house, or what Andressian was doing in Nevada.

Personnel with the LA County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit, Sheriff's Fugitive Task Force, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Homicide Section and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce of the U.S. Marshals Service coordinated the arrest. 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. Police have alleged that the inside of his auto was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle. "My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life". I'm counting the days until I see you again.

Andressian Jr. was reported missing by his mother on April 22 when Andressian Sr. failed to turn over the child to his mother for a scheduled custody exchange. Estevez said, speaking directly to her son.

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

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