Missing Boy's Father Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested in Las Vegas where he's being held in lieu of $10 million bail in connection with the murder of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. who was last seen April 21

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested in Las Vegas where he's being held in lieu of $10 million bail in connection with the murder of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. who was last seen April 21

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.

The sheriff's office in Los Angeles is said to have worked with authorities in Vegas to make the arrest after investigators provided LA County prosecutors with evidence.

The boy was last seen on the evening of April 20 at Disneyland, in the custody of his father, who was found unconscious at Arroyo Seco Park two days later and was unable to account for his son's whereabouts.

The father's attorney, Robert Nardoni, says his client is innocent. The LA Times reports that Aramazd Andressian Senior was taken into custody in Las Vegas, where he is being held on $10 million bail until he is moved to LA County.

The suspect was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and will return to Los Angeles County pending the extradition process. The #father is under suspicion of murdering his 5-year-old son Aramazd Andressian Jr.

Investigators have said that Andressian had provided authorities with "inconsistent" and "misleading" statements. Sheriff's officials said he took prescription pills and was found in a vehicle doused in gasoline.

The father was reportedly found passed out alone in Arroyo Park near his South Pasadena home the day Aramazd was reported missing and taken to a hospital. 17, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau Capt. Christopher Bergner, center, stands by a poster of Aramazd Andressian Jr., a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for several weeks from South Pasadena, Calif., at a news conference outside the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles. He declined to say what Andressian Sr. was doing there, but said he was "socializing".

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Andressian told investigators he had ingested a prescription medication that wasn't his own that morning, deputies said. His gray 2004 BMW sedan was found nearby with its interior and exterior doused with gasoline.

In a statement shared by the Sheriff's Department, Estevez thanked investigators and the community for all the concern they've shown for her son, who goes by the nickname "Piqui". Sheriff's officials say the father had taken prescription pills and was found in a auto doused in gasoline. A statement was read aloud at the press conference from the boy's mother, Ana Estevez.

When he failed to meet with ex-wife Ana Estevez at their pre-arranged meeting place on April 22, the authorities were notified by the anxious mother. Aramazd Andressian Jr., whose body has not been found, was last seen in person when his mother handed him off to her estranged husband for a scheduled visit on April 15.

"I miss him terribly", Estevez said in May.

Andressian, 35, was arrested Friday by sheriff's homicide detectives and federal agents in Las Vegas because he was "becoming a flight risk", Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.

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