Florida boys kidnapped from grandmother’s home heading for Cuba

Florida boys kidnapped from grandmothers home

Kidnapped Boys May Be Headed For Cuba

Authorities in several states are looking for a man who allegedly kidnapped his two sons from their grandmother’s home in Florida.

Police say Joshua Hakken, 35, broke into his mother-in-law’s home in Tampa just after 6 a.m. Wednesday, tied her up and left with his two sons Cole, 4, and Chase, 2.  Florida law enforcement believes that his wife Sharyn, 34, may be traveling with them in a 25-foot, 1972 Morgan sailboat.

Joshua Hakken was arrested in St. Tammany Parish, La. on June 17, 2012 after attending an “anti-government rally,” the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s department said in a press release. He was charged with the unlawful sale of narcotics in the presence of minors and possession of marijuana and spent one day in jail before making bond, said Officer Ben Sciambra of the Slidell city jail.  They also confiscated several guns.

The couple acted “in a bizarre manner that alarmed officers” according to authorities.  The told police they were “completing their ultimate journey” and planned to “take a journey to the Armageddon.”

Child Protective Services determined the children needed to be placed in foster care, and eventually were released to their maternal the grandmother.

The grandmother freed herself from her bonds around 6:40 and called the police.

“Both suspects are anti-government and have attempted a previous abduction at gun point in Louisiana,” the sheriff’s department said in a release.

An abandoned 2006 GMC pick-up was found at  Madeira Beach, Florida.  It is believed to be the vehicle the Hakkens were driving.  It is undergoing forensics.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office told NBC station WLFA.com that Hakken had recently bought the 25 foot boat.  Deputies told the station a witness saw the boat going under the Johns Pass bridge a couple of hours after the abduction Wednesday.

Craig Johnson, an experience boater and volunteer search and rescue participant, said, “If I was him, he’s probably heading towards Cancun or Cuba. If he’s going to Cuba, he’s gotta go around Key West. That wouldn’t be too smart.”

Hillsborough Police are not underestimating Hakken.  Although they describe him as “irrational”, they do not doubt his intelligence.

Hillsborough County Sheriffs spokesperson, Larry McKinnon, told WFLA.com.:

“Wouldn’t put it past them to be able to pull into one of these coves or one of these inlets and then board a vehicle. So we’re not gonna eliminate our land search, we’re still maintaining the Amber alert. We’re now expanding it into the Gulf of Mexico. “

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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