The South Pasadena father arrested late last week in Las Vegas on suspicion of killing his missing 5-year-old son has been charged with murder, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Monday.
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed a murder charge against Andressian, 35, on Friday even though his son's body has not been found. Dist. Atty.
The boy was last seen at 1 a.m. on April 21 leaving Disneyland with his father, who was found unconscious at Arroyo Seco Park the next day and was unable to account for his son's whereabouts. He told investigators he arrived at the park with his son and waited for the golf course to open, and admitted ingesting prescription medication that was not prescribed to him, Mendoza said previously.
None of the officials in downtown Los Angeles Monday would talk much about the specific evidence they had against the father, Aramazd Andressian Sr. of South Pasadena. His son, Aramazd Andressian Jr. - or his son's body - has not been found.
Andressian Sr., who detectives have said has given "inconsistent" and "misleading" statements, has hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with investigators, authorities said. His vehicle was found nearby doused with gasoline, and he had no explanation for his son's disappearance.
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Andressian Sr. was booked at the Metropolitan Police Department with a bail set at $10 million dollars and will be extradited to LA County.
The motive is believed to be the "tumultuous divorce" that Andressian Sr. and his then-wife were going through at the time, according to Mendoza.
Aramazd's mother reported him missing the morning of April 22 after Andressian failed to return him to her South Pasadena home.
In the past two months since the child disappeared, his father has been under surveillance as investigators gathered clues, authorities said at Monday's press conference. Police have alleged that the inside of his auto was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle. He was released after investigators decided not to move forward with charges. He said he spoke to his client Thursday and his client contends he has no idea where his son is and is adamant he had nothing to do with his disappearance. She expressed great sorrow at the conclusion that her son is nearly certainly dead. Police have not disclosed what information led them to make the arrest or why Andressian was in Las Vegas.
"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. "I am counting the days until I see you honey and I will never stop looking for you", she said.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.