Aramazd Andressian Sr., dad accused of murdering his five-year-old son smiled and cracked a joke with a judge at his first court appearance in Nevada Tuesday for an extradition hearing
Andressian Sr, 35, is accused of killing Aramazd Andressian Jr to get back at his ex-wife, Ana Estavez
Police believe Andressian killed his son after an outing to Disneyland on April 21, when Andressian failed to return the boy back to his estranged wife after an outing to Disneyland
Cops found Andressian passed out in his car from prescription drugs in South Pasadena the next day
The boy could not be found and cops said the father gave inconsistent answers as to his whereabouts but his lawyer says his client adamantly denies killing his son
The fugitive, was arrested in Las Vegas, Friday his hair now dyed blonde
Police say he was not acting like a grieving father, and believed he was getting ready to flee the country
Andressian from Los Angeles did not fight extradition back to California where he will face murder charges in the disappearance of his son
Considered a flight risk, bail is currently set at $10million
Faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted
Alleged killer dad Aramazd Andressian Sr. laughed as he cracked a joke with the judge at his first court appearance in Nevada on Tuesday
The California man accused of murdering his five-year-old son to get back at his ex-wife appeared carefree in Nevada court on Tuesday for his first hearing.
The 35-year-old was arrested on Friday on charges of murder in the disappearance of his Aramazd Andressian Jr.
Arraigned in a Las Vegas Nevada court, Tuesday, Aramazd Andressian Sr. who is from Los Angeles told the judge that he wouldn’t fight his extradition back to California to face murder charges in the disappearance of his son.
The boy was reported missing two months ago, when Andressian failed to return him back to his estranged wife after an outing to Disneyland.
Prosecutors believe Andressian killed the boy in the six-and-half-hour period between when the two were seen leaving the amusement park and when Andressian was spotted alone near California’s Lake Cachuma, over 120 miles from Arroyo Park venue of the father-son excursion.
The wanted posters for dad and Missing person’s poster for junior
Seeming nonchalant pose by Aramazd Andressian during his arraignment, Tuesday. He was arrested on June 23, on charges of murder in the disappearance of his five-year-old son, Aramazd Andressian Jr.
The boy’s body was never found, but police arrested Andressian on Friday, June 23, believing they developed a strong enough case to blame him for the boy’s death anyway.
They also feared he might try to flee the country, since he altered his appearance by shaving his beard and dying his hair blonde.
In court on Tuesday, Andressian said he has not been trying to evade authorities, despite spending the past 47 days in Las Vegas living out of a hotel – a four-hour drive from his home in Los Angeles.
‘If California wants me they can come and get me,’ Andressian told Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman. ‘I never came here in an intent to flee.’
The many faces of a suspected child killer – Authorities are charging Adressin for murder, though his son’s body has not been found. Police arrested him on Friday, four hours from home, because they feared he had become a flight risk
Aramazd Andressian allegedly killed his son to get back at his wife
New look fugitive captured and arraigned: Andressian seen with newly-dyed blonde hair and his beard shaved in court Tuesday
Andressian told the judge on Tuesday that he was fine being extradited to California because he wasn’t trying to hide out from authorities in Nevada, where he has spent the past 47 days living out of a hotel
He even cracked a smile when discussing the details of his transfer back to California.
The judge informed him that California authorities had 30 days starting Tuesday to claim him, but ‘obviously given the media they’re going to come pick you up’.
‘They’ll probably take me with them!’ Andressian said, smiling and then laughing.
It’s unclear when he will be extradited back to California. He is currently being held at the Clark County Jail on $10million bail.
The child’s mother. Ana Estevez, spoke to NBC4 after the hearing.
California authorities believe Andressian killed his son in a six-and-a-half-hour period between the time he was seen leaving Disneyland with his son and when he was spotted later in the morning at Lake Cachuma 120 miles away
The suspect’s estranged wife Ana Estevez, [photo] with their son Aramazd Andressian Jr who became collateral in the parents attrition
Investigators believe that Andressian killed his son to get back at his ex-wife Ana Estevez for their tumultuous marriage. Estevez pictured left and right with their son
‘No justice in the world will bring my Piqui back,’ Estevez said, using her son’s nickname. ‘However, Ara will pay tenfold for all that he has done.’
Investigators have been searching for the missing boy since his father was found passed out in his car in Arroyo Park, a large park in South Pasadena, on April 22.
Police say the father had taken prescription pills and was found doused in gasoline in what they say was an attempt to take his own life.
The boy was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father around 1am on April 21.
Investigators believe Andressian killed his son a short time later and then drove about 145 miles later that morning to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.
The changing faces of Aramazd Andressian: Before [initial arrest in April] – After [arrest on June 23]
The changing faces of AramazdAndressian. He was initially arrested shortly after his son’s disappearance in April [mugshot on the left] but he was later released when police didn’t have enough to keep him behind bars. He’s pictured on the right in his most recent mugshot, taken after his second arrest on June 23.
Sheriff’s homicide detectives have searched the lake twice in the past few months, using dogs and a dive team to help in the search.
Andressian,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.
Lt. Joe Mendoza said Andressian’s behavior in Las Vegas was inconsistent with that of a grieving parent.
Investigators continue to search for the body of little Aramazd Andressian Jr. [photos]
The grieving mother spoke of the heartache: “My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life,” the Ana Estavez￼ said in the statement released by the sheriff’s department
‘I can only speak for myself. If my son was missing, I would be doing things that (the boy’s mother) was doing. Circulating fliers, looking for your son,’Lt. Mendoza said.
‘He was not doing that. He was socializing in Vegas.’￼
When asked if Andressian has been cooperating with investigators, Mendoza said: ‘He has not been cooperative, whatsoever’.
Investigators also believe Andressian was planning to leave the US and flee to a country that does not have an extradition agreement with the US, Mendoza said. Officials declined to identify the country.
Volunteers searched for the missing 5-year-old
Andressian had driven to Lake Cachuma, 120 miles from Arroyo Park, the day before police found him unconscious from what appeared to be a drug overdose.
Investigators searched the lake twice but did not find the missing boy
The couple were separated and had been sharing custody. The boy was last seen by his mother who had a video chat with him on April 18 as he visited with his father.
The boy’s mother was scheduled to have a video chat with her son on April 20, but that never happened, said South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller.
‘My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely each and every second of every day for the rest of my life,’ the boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, said in a statement released by the sheriff’s department.
Andressian’s attorney, Daniel Nardoni, has said his client ‘is adamant that he never harmed his son Aramazd and is innocent of the charges.’
If convicted on the charges levied against him, Andressian faces 25 years to life in prison.