Sheriff: Man killed missing son, 5, after Disneyland trip

Posted June 27, 2017

The 5-year-old Pasadena boy was last seen on the morning of April 21, 2017 while in custody of his father. Before their statements Monday, sheriff's officials had said witnesses reported seeing the boy with his father there. About six hours later, Mendoza said Andressian Sr. turned up at Lake Cachuma in San Bernardino County, without his son. Although most have never met Picqui, it is immensely clear that he has touched your lives in a positive and heartfelt way. If convicted as charged, the suspect faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. "He had significantly attempted to change his appearance by shaving his beard and dying his hair", said Detective Joe Mendoza with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Andressian was later released due to lack of substantial evidence.

Andressian told investigators he had ingested a prescription medication that wasn't his own that morning, deputies said. Javier Godinez is neighbors with the missing boy's mother and grandparents. "I always used to see him in the backyard with his grandpa and his grandma and his mom, and I'd always hear him laughing and stuff, and now it's like everybody's sad next door", said Godinez. The father said he did not remember what happened to his child or any details that were useful in locating the boy. He was found passed out next to his auto at a south Pasadena park. A dive team searched for clues around the lake.

Video showed Andressian in handcuffs being taken to jail.

"When those efforts did not bring young Aramazd home to his mother, we focused our prime suspect, his father", MocDonnell said.

Andressian Sr.'s attorney, Daniel Nardoni, told Fox11News Monday that he was surprised by the arrest: "I was surprised to see that he was arrested on the charge of murder in particular since they haven't found a body and since he's been adamant from day one he hasn't done (anything) to harm his son or done anything to jeopardize his welfare", Nardoni said.

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.

Lacey said while investigators have not yet found the body of the boy, Aramazd Andressian Jr., she believed there was enough circumstantial evidence to prosecute the father. Jackie Lacey said her office has successfully prosecuted murder cases without a body and that she was confident there was strong evidence that Andressian "committed this terrible crime". He could not account for his son's whereabouts. I can only speculate that I must have been attacked in the park, given my unresponsive state and subsequent physical condition.

In May, homicide detectives searched the Montebello home of Andressian's mother and removed items, but police did not reveal what they were.