Father of missing California boy was flight risk

Carla Harmon
June 28, 2017

The same day that the boy was reported missing, Andressian Sr. was found unconscious in Arroyo Park in South Pasadena.

Aramazd Andressian is shown in a booking photo released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on June 23, 2017. He was being held on $10 million bail.

The boy was last seen two days earlier, when his father and two relatives took him to Disneyland, deputies said.

Andressian 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. Sheriff's officials said Andressian had taken prescription pills and was found in a auto doused in gasoline.

The child's mother contacted police at 9 a.m. April 22 to report her son missing.

On Monday, authorities addressed a possible motive for the alleged crime before detailing the evidence leading to the father's arrest in Las Vegas. He said investigators believe Andressian Sr. was planning to leave the country and travel to a location where he could not be extradited. Aramazd's mother is distraught, and has appealed to the public to come forward with any information they might have on her missing son.

At Monday's news conference, sheriff's officials said they believed the father was trying to kill himself.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said at the briefing she expected the father to be arraigned in Los Angeles toward the end of the week. A body has not been found.

Authorities carried out a massive two-month search for Andressian Jr., which spanned from Santa Barbara to Orange County.

Aramazd Andressian has reportedly not been co-operating with the police.

Andressian Sr. and his wife had been separated and were sharing custody of the boy.

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.

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.

The boy's mother, Ana Estevez, said in a statement released by the Los Angeles sheriff's office that her heart was "shattered" and she will miss her son "every day for the rest of my life".

Detectives believe Andressian killed his son in an attempt to get back at his estranged wife for their 'tumultuous' relationship, Mendoza said.

Andressian had also changed his appearance by dying his hair and shaving off his facial hair and had been socializing while living out of a Las Vegas hotel for 47 days, conduct characterized as inconsistent with that of a grieving parent, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza said. "I can not imagine emptiness and the void I will bear until we are together again some day". He faces a maximum possible sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted on the charge, Lacey said.

He added, "My family and I are heartbroken and grief-stricken that Aramazd Jr.is missing and may be in harm's way". LACSD has set a $30,000 reward for the missing five-year-old, Andressian Jr., referred to by his family as Piqui.

Search teams repeatedly returned to the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County.

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