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Los Angeles man accused of killing son arrested in Las Vegas

Updated June 23, 2017 - 11:52 pm

A Los Angeles man suspected in the killing of his 5-year-old son was arrested Friday in Las Vegas, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, is being held at the Clark County Detention Center, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Bail was set at $10 million, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s office did not provide information explaining why Andressian was in Las Vegas or what evidence led to his arrest, The Associated Press reported.

The boy, Aramazd Andressian Jr., was last seen with his father April 20 leaving Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Investigators found the father passed out in a South Pasadena park April 22, and began searching for the 5-year-old boy.

Andressian apparently took prescription pills and was found in a gasoline-covered car.

Police initially arrested Andressian on suspicion of child endangerment, but he was later released. The Sheriff’s Department has apparently released limited information since serving a search warrant at Andressian Sr.’s mother’s home about one month ago.

Officials have searched the park where they found Andressian multiple times.

The boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, has pleaded for her son’s safe return.

“To my son, this message is for you my love: be brave, honey,” Ana Estevez said on May 18.

“I am counting the days until I see you honey and I will never stop looking for you.”

Police will transfer Andressian to Los Angeles County, the Sheriff’s Department said in a Facebook statement.

More information will be made available at a Monday news conference, the department said.

Anyone with information can call the department’s homicide bureau at 323-890-5500.

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jessie Bekker contributed to the story.

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