Dad held in miss­ing boy’s death

Ar­rest by Las Vegas au­thor­i­ties comes two months af­ter the 5-year-old from South Pasadena van­ished.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Richard Win­ton richard.win­ton @la­times.com

The fa­ther of a 5-year-old boy from South Pasadena who mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared more than two months ago was ar­rested Friday on sus­pi­cion of mur­der, Los Angeles County sher­iff ’s of­fi­cials said.

The ar­rest comes af­ter an ex­ten­sive search for the boy that reached from his home­town to Santa Bar­bara and down to Orange County. Of­fi­cials have not said whether they found the boy’s re­mains or what ev­i­dence led to the ar­rest.

Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Sr. was taken into cus­tody about 1 p.m. in Las Vegas by sher­iff’s homi­cide de­tec­tives. He is being held in lieu of $10-mil­lion bail and is ex­pected to be re­turned to Los Angeles County af­ter ex­tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings next week.

His son, Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Jr., was last seen April 20 with his fa­ther, who was ini­tially de­tained on sus­pi­cion of child en­dan­ger­ment and ab­duc­tion but re­leased be­cause of a lack of ev­i­dence.

An­dres­sian told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he took Ara­mazd to the Cachuma Lake Re­cre­ation Area in Santa Bar­bara County the day af­ter the boy was last seen, but there have been no con­firmed sight­ings of him there.

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

He was found un­con­scious in a South Pasadena park April 22, the day he was sup­posed to re­turn Ara­mazd to his ex-wife in San Marino.

The boy’s mother no­ti­fied po­lice and gave them a de­scrip­tion of her es­tranged hus­band’s ve­hi­cle, a 2004 gray BMW, South Pasadena po­lice Chief Art Miller said. Of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the car had been im­pounded that same morn­ing in South Pasadena.

The mother told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she had handed off Ara­mazd to his fa­ther about 8 a.m. April 15 in Bald­win Park, au­thor­i­ties said.

The cou­ple are in the process of get­ting a di­vorce but share cus­tody of their child.

Since Ara­mazd’s dis­ap­pear­ance, de­tec­tives have searched An­dres­sian’s home, and the child’s mother and her fam­ily have re­peat­edly asked the pub­lic to help find him. Po­lice have also searched a South Pasadena park again and served search war­rants at the boy’s grand­mother’s home in Mon­te­bello.

The miss­ing child is de­scribed as 55 pounds, white, with brown hair and brown eyes. Au­thor­i­ties have of­fered a $20,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion about his dis­ap­pear­ance.

Ni­cole Nishida L.A. County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment

DE­TEC­TIVES take Ara­mazd An­dres­sian Sr. into cus­tody in Las Vegas. He is ex­pected to be ex­tra­dited to L.A. County next week to face mur­der al­le­ga­tions.

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