Search For Kidnapped Boys Continues


POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:53am

UPDATED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 10:54am

Investigators say fugitive parents took boys from grandmother's home at gunpoint, may be at sea.

(WFLA) The former foster parent of the two boys kidnapped from Tampa says he's worried about the boys safety as police in three states search for them and their parents.

"They would do anything to evade the children from getting taken from them again," said the Slidell, Louisiana, resident, who only wished to be called Tom. "I don't know what they would do.

The man, who spoke to NBC affiliate WDSU on conditions of anonymity because of safety concerns, said Chase Hakken, now 2, and Cole Hakken, 4, came to live with his family last June. They were there 28 days before Joshua and Sharyn Hakken showed up, he said.

"My wife said 'you've got to go away. You've got to go away.'" he said.

When Tom's wife threatened to call police, he said, Joshua Hakken pulled out a gun.

"He tried kicking in the door from there and after that the cops showed up within a minute, which we were very grateful," he said.

The Hakken boys went into foster care after the parents' run-in with police in June 2012. Slidell Police Detective Daniel M. Seuzeneau said during that month, Joshua and Sharon Hakken were staying at a local hotel when somebody called about a disturbance.

"When police arrived, both Mr. and Mrs. Hakken were acting in a bizarre manner that alarmed officers," Seuzeneau said in a written statement Thursday. "They were talking about "completing their ultimate journey" and were traveling across the country to "take a journey to the Armageddon."

The statement also noted that both of their children were present in the hotel room at the time, as well as drugs and weapons. Police contacted the Office of Child Services (OCS).

A nationwide manhunt for the Hakkens and their children is underway after an abduction from the boys' maternal grandmother's home Wednesday morning at 6:30.

Detectives said Joshua Hakken, 35, went to his mother-in-law's home at 14040 Shady Shores Dr. in Tampa, tied her up with zip ties and took 2-year-old Chase and 4-year-old Cole.

Hillsborough County investigators believe Sharyn Hakken, 34, is likely with them.

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