Man Spent Weeks in Las Vegas After Son's Disappearance

Justin Greene
June 27, 2017

Authorities in California believe a missing 5-year-old boy last seen in late April was murdered by his father, who was detained last week in Las Vegas in connection with his son's death, PEOPLE confirms. However, homicide investigators secured a murder filing from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office after assessment of evidence.

The father's attorney, Robert Nardoni, says his client is innocent.

A Los Angeles County sheriff's statement said Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35 was arrested in coordination with authorities in Las Vegas and was being held there on $10 million bail.

Andressian Sr. "has not been cooperative whatsoever" with investigators, and has told "untruths" during interviews, according to Mendoza.

Since that day, police departments and volunteers across Southern California have worked in tangent in a desperate but ultimately unsuccessful effort to bring 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. home.

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

Andressian, who detectives have said has given "inconsistent" and "misleading" statements, hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with investigators.

He told police he had taken prescription pills that belonged to someone else and did not know what had happened to his son.

Aramazd Andressian is shown in a booking photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on June 23, 2017. Investigators also believe Andressian was planning to leave the U.S. and flee to a country that does not have an extradition agreement with the U.S., Mendoza said. Asked about a possible motive for the killing, sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza said: "A tumultuous divorce that they were going through at the time". The vehicle was doused in gasoline and there was a rag sticking out of the gas tank. The sheriff's department plans to release more information on Monday during a news conference. Police were alerted that the toddler was missing when his mom called to report that her estranged husband had failed to drop their son off at a pre-arranged meeting place.

At a Monday news conference, authorities did not provide details about the father's activities in Las Vegas, but said surveillance of his behavior suggested it was "not consistent with a grieving parent".

"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.

Andressian was initially arrested in mid-April on charges of child endangerment and child abduction after he was found unconscious in South Pasadena's Arroyo Park with his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr. nowhere to be found. "Piqui was everything great in my life and I can not imagine the emptiness and the void that I will bear until we are together again one day", the statement said.

"I will continue to believe my son is alive until (he is) found", she said.

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