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Deputies: Dad kidnaps sons from Tampa home

Published:   |   Updated: April 4, 2013 at 06:35 AM

Federal and state agencies continue to search for two young brothers who were abducted Wednesday morning by their father from their grandmother's North Tampa home, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

“We're not ruling out any location,” said Larry McKinnon, a sheriff's office spokesman. “They could be here locally. They certainly could have had enough time to get out of the state of Florida.”

Investigators, including from the FBI, are trying to get an idea where the parents and children are headed and are also looking at the family's relationships in Louisiana, McKinnon said.

Investigators issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday for the two boys, 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken.

Their father, Joshua Hakken, broke into the home, 14040 Shady Oaks Dr., at around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and tied up his mother-in-law, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

He woke up his two boys and left the home in his mother-in-law's 2009 silver Toyota Camry with the two boys still wearing their pajamas.

Around 30 minutes after they fled the home, the boys' maternal grandmother, Patricia Hauser, was able to free herself and call 911 from her Lake Magdalene area home, McKinnon said.

Joshua Hakken abandoned the vehicle a few blocks from the crime scene, the sheriff's office said. Investigators found the stolen Toyota Camry not far from the home.

Detectives believe Joshua Hakken and the boys got into a black GMC pickup Sierra and drove off to an unknown destination.

Investigators think Joshua Hakken's wife and mother of the boys, Sharyn Patricia Hakken, was driving the vehicle. The pickup is registered to Joshua Hakken and its license tag is U95KT, the sheriff's office said.

Joshua Hakken, 35, and Sharyn Patricia Hakken, 34, are considered armed and dangerous and have an “anti-government” leanings, the sheriff's office said.

“It concerns us, but we're staying focused and hope that we get them back safely,” McKinnon said.

Last year, the state of Louisiana took the children from the parents after Joshua Hakken was arrested.

On Tuesday, Louisiana officials notified the boys' parents that their parental rights were terminated and turned over those rights to the boys' maternal grandparents, the sheriff's office said.

In June 2012, Joshua Hakken had attended an anti-government rally in Louisiana. After he attended the rally, he was arrested in a hotel in St. Tammany Parrish, La., on multiple drug charges, the sheriff's office said.

According to newspaper reports, Joshua Hakken was arrested in June 2012 on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor in Slidell, La. Details and adjudication of the case were not available.

After his arrest, the state of Louisiana took the children into custody and placed them in temporary foster care. While in foster care, Joshua Hakken showed up at the foster care building where his children were located. He was beating on a front door and waving a gun, the sheriff's office said.

He fled the scene without his children. He never entered the secured building, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office is working with the FBI and government agencies in Louisiana to learn more about the history of the Hakkens.

Cole is 3 feet 9 inches tall and 44 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was last seen wearing pajamas of an unknown color. Chase is 3 feet tall and 33 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He was also wearing pajamas of an unknown color.

Joshua Hakken is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 175 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a full beard. Sharyn Hakken is 5 feet 4 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

According to county property records, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken own a home at 3609 S. Sterling Ave. in South Tampa. The sheriff's office served a search warrant at the home on Wednesday night and took items that might help in the investigation, McKinnon said.

The sheriff's office on Wednesday afternoon issued a warrant for the arrest of Joshua Hakken. He faces two counts of kidnapping, two counts child neglect, two counts false imprisonment, one count burglary with a battery and one count grand theft auto.

Sharyn Hakken hasn't been charged at this time with any crime in the abduction that occurred Wednesday morning, McKinnon said.

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