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Timeline of the Hakken kidnapping case

Published:   |   Updated: April 12, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken were arrested and charged Wednesday in the abduction of their young sons, Cole, 4, and Chase, 2. Here is a chronology of major events in the case (times are approximate):

February 2012 – Joshua Hakken comments on the libertarian website Adam vs. The Mann under the handle “sailingbull.” He writes of “challenging authority, sticking it to the man, and giving the millennial generation a voice.”

June 17 – Police are called to a hotel in Slidell, La., to investigate a disturbance and find the Hakkens acting “bizarre” and talking about traveling the country on a "journey to the Armageddon,” officials say. Joshua Hakken is arrested after officers say they find marijuana and weapons in the room. Their young sons, Cole and Chase, are present. Hakken is jailed “about a week” and the boys are placed in temporary foster care.

July – Joshua Hakken shows up at the foster family home in Hammond, La., with a gun demanding the return of his children, police say. The foster parents call 911 and Hakken leaves without his sons.

In recent months, Louisiana authorities send the boys to live with their grandparents, Bob and Patricia Hauser, at 14040 Shady Oaks Drive in North Tampa.
 
Jan. 25 - Joshua Hakken buys a 25-foot sailboat for $3,500, according to an FBI affidavit. He pays $400 for a boat slip and begins stocking the vessel with supplies.

April 2 - A Louisiana judge grants permanent custody of the boys to the grandparents. Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee, after reading the report, says “there was clearly neglectful behavior” and the Hakkens “did not participate in the system.”

6:10 a.m. April 3 – Officials say Joshua Hakken breaks into his mother-in-law’s home, ties her up and kidnaps his sons in the Hausers’ 2009 Toyota Camry. Officials say he dumps the car and meets up with his wife a few blocks away; the family then travels in Hakken’s black GMC pickup to Madeira Beach.

6:40 a.m. April 3 – Patricia Hauser frees herself and calls 911. “My son-in-law just kidnapped my two grandchildren,” she says. “… He’s not supposed to be near them. He’s been missing for nine months.”

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. April 3 - Joshua and Sharyn Hakken arrive at the boat slip in Madiera Beach with their sons, an FBI affidavit states. The children are placed in the cabin.  Joshua Hakken tells the slip owner he may be headed to Key West or South America, the affidavit states.
 
10 a.m. April 3 – Unknown to authorities at the time, the Hakken family is on the 25-foot sailboat leaving Johns Pass, heading into the Gulf of Mexico. The escape is later seen on surveillance video.

1:30 p.m. April 3 – An Amber Alert for the boys is issued in Florida. An alert is also issued in Louisiana.

8 p.m. April 3 – Investigators execute a search warrant at the Hakkens’ South Tampa house and seize a computer, credit cards, an Ethernet card, bank paperwork, a map of Gila National Forest in New Mexico and North Carolina, and a list of contacts.

Midnight April 4 – Sheriff’s officials announce the GMC pickup is found abandoned on the second floor of the Johns Pass parking garage in Madeira Beach.

April 5 – Investigators learn the Hakkens left Johns Pass on the sailboat. Images of the boat are released by investigators.

April 6 - The Amber Alert is modified to include only states that border the Gulf of Mexico. Florida Fish and Wildlife officers begin extensive search offshore from Pensacola to the Florida Keys. Other boaters are advised by officials to watch for the Hakkens’ vessel.

April 8 – Hillsborough County officials learn from Cuban authorities that the Hakkens may be in Havana. A dialog begins between U.S. and Cuban officials over the case.

April 9 – The Hakkens and their children are spotted by reporters in the sailboat, docked in Havana’s Hemingway Marina. One of the boys is seen playing on the deck. They are under the close watch of armed Cuban security officials.

4:50 p.m. April 9 – Cuban officials decide to return the family to U.S. officials.

10 p.m. April 9 – Federal, state and local officials board a flight from Tampa to Havana.

1:30 a.m. April 10 – A plane touches down at Tampa International Airport carrying the Hakkens, their children, the American authorities and a counselor. The boys are returned to their grandparents.

2:30 a.m. April 10 – Joshua and Sharyn Hakken are booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on kidnapping and other charges.

Sources: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, The Associated Press, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, Slidell (La.) Police Department.

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