Armenian man charged in United States for killing his 5-year-old son
The disappearance of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., last seen on the evening of April 20 at Disneyland with his father, set off an extensive search throughout Southern California.
District Attorney Jackie Lacey said her office filed one count of murder against Andressian last week.
“This is one of those cases that tore people’s hearts”, Capt. Christopher Bergner of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said at a news conference. But they released him days later, citing “insufficient evidence“, at the time.
To which he replied chuckling: ‘They’ll probably take me with them’.
Andressian Sr. and his wife had been separated and were sharing custody of the boy. From the park where his father was found unconscious, to his father’s South Pasadena residence, to the homes of family members, the search for the boy has stretched across several counties and involved the efforts of hundreds of police officers.
But Mendoza added, “We further believe that he was making plans to flee the country to a location where he could not be extradited”.
Aramazd Andressian Sr prior appearance.
A California man suspected of killing his 5-year-old son, who has been missing for more than two months, is due in a Las Vegas courtroom for an extradition hearing.
Even though a body has yet to be found, detectives say they had enough evidence to bring charges against him, reports ABC 7. Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters “He did not remember what happened to his child or any details that were useful in locating his son”.
The lawyer rejected what he called detectives’ theories that Andressian killed the boy to get back at his estranged wife for a tumultuous relationship. He said he had taken prescription tablets and did not know where his son was.
Pictured, South Pasadena father, Aramazd Andressian Sr suspected of murdering his five year old son.
When they found him, cops said he had completely changed his appearance – shaving his beard and coloring his hair.
“If my son went missing, I’d be doing the same thing Ana as doing – handing out fliers, going out to search – not socializing in Vegas”, he said. “I can not imagine emptiness and the void I will bear until we are together again some day”.
Andressian Sr.is now facing an unusual “no-body murder charge”, Lacey said, according to KTLA. “My family and I are heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd Jr.is missing and may be in harm’s way”. They believe they left Disneyland together and then went to a lake in Santa Barbara County.
A $30,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information on Andressian Jr’s body.
Andressian told authorities he drove that day about 145 miles (230 kilometers) to Lake Cachuma, in California’s Santa Barbara County.