AMBER Alert Issued In Several States For Tampa Brothers
TAMPA, Fla. (WHNT & CNN) – Law enforcement agents in several states are looking for two brothers abducted from the Tampa area on Wednesday.
An AMBER Alert is active in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
Two brothers, Cole and Chase Hakken, were allegedly abducted by their biological parents, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, on Wednesday.
Cole Hakken is 4 years old, 3’9″, weighs 44 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Chase Hakken is 2 years old, 3’0″, weighs 33 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
The children were last seen in the Tampa area. There are reports they may have been spotted near Etowah County, Tennessee.
The boys’ parents allegedly took them and tied up the maternal grandmother.
Police say the Hakkens have attempted a previous abduction at gunpoint, and police say they are considered ‘anti-government’.
Joshua Hakken is a 35-year-old white male, 5’9″, 175 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Sharyn Hakken is a 34-year-old white female, 5’4″, 150 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
They may be traveling in a 2006 black GMC Sierra with Florida license plate number U95KT. They may also have a pop-up camper attached to the truck.
If you have any information, please call 911, or contact the Hillsborough County, Florida Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.
The boys had previously been removed from the care of Joshua and Sharyn Hakken. Louisiana authorities have told Florida investigators that the children were initially placed in temporary foster care, but sometime later, investigators allege, the couple went to the foster care center, armed, and tried unsuccessfully to enter it.
At some point over the past few months, the children were sent to Tampa to live with their grandmother, Patricia Hauser, the mother of Sharyn Hakken.
Joshua and Sharyn Hakken’s parental rights were terminated earlier this week in Louisiana, investigators said.
The sheriff’s office told CNN there have been ongoing issues with Hakken since he attended an anti-government rally somewhere in Louisiana in June of last year. He was arrested at the rally on multiple drug charges, officials said.