LA-area father arrested on suspicion of killing missing son

Solenn Plantier
Juin 24, 2017

Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested Friday, held on murder charges at a jail in Las Vegas in the death of his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the father of a 5-year-old who has been missing for two months has been arrested on suspicion of his son's murder.

Andressian's son was last seen April 21 when he was in the custody of his father. Andressian, Sr. said he could not remember what happened to his son.

Homicide detectives seized "various of items of evidence" from the Montebello home belonging to the child's grandmother - and the mother of Andressian Sr. - on May 25 after serving a search warrant, the Sheriff's Department said after the search of the house concluded.

Andressian Sr. was booked at the Metropolitan Police Department with a bail set at $10 million dollars and will be extradited to LA County.

This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr.

Investigators have not said whether or not they have located the boy but said in a statement, "After reviewing all of the evidence in this case, Homicide Investigators presented the facts to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and obtained a murder filling against the suspect [Andressian, Sr]". He told police he could not account for his son, police said.

Andressian Sr., was found unconscious on April 22 near his vehicle, which was parked at the Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena. The vehicle was doused in gasoline and there was a rag sticking out of the gas tank.

The arrest comes after an extensive search for the boy that reached from Santa Barbara and South Pasadena down to Orange County. Sheriff's officials said he took prescription pills and was found in a auto doused in gasoline.

No other details were immediately provided about the arrest, which was a coordinated effort between the Sheriff's Department Homicide, L.A. County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau Fugitive Taskforce, Las Vegas police, and the United States Marshals Service, the release stated.

A press conference from the LA County Sheriff's Office is scheduled for Monday, June 26, 2017 at 11 a.m.at the Hall of Justice in LA.

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