Amber Alert issued in Hillsborough County

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:19 pm | Updated: 9:08 pm, Wed Apr 17, 2013.

TAMPA, FLA. (WTSP) -- An Amber Alert was issued after Hillsborough deputies say two young children were abducted by their own parents.

According to deputies, 2-year-old Chase and 4-year-old Cole Hakken were staying at their grandmother's home off the 14000 block of Shady Shores Drive when their father, Joshua Hakken, showed up around 6:00 Wednesday morning.

Investigators say Joshua tied up his mother-in-law, woke his two kids and took off with them in the grandmother's 2009 silver Toyota Camry.

According to deputies, the children's grandparents were given custody of the children on Tuesday after the mother and father, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, had their parental rights terminated.

Detectives say they have since found grandmother's stolen Camry abandoned several blocks from her home. They believe Joshua ditched the Camry and got into his own vehicle, a 2006 black GMC Sierra pick-up truck.

Joshua and Sharyn attempted a previous abduction at gunpoint in Louisiana.

Though detectives say they are still working with the FBI and Louisiana state officials to gain a better understanding of the family's history, their investigation has revealed some new details.

Back on June 17 of 2012, Joshua Hakken was arrested in a Louisiana hotel on multiple drug charges, after attending some type of anti-government rally. Both Joshua and Sharyn are reportedly anti-government.

Officials say at some point after the arrest, the State of Louisiana took custody of both children and temporarily placed them in a foster care facility.

Joshua reportedly paid a violent visit to the facility; officials say he showed up waving a gun, and then banged on the door before he left because he could not get in.

The Hakkens were told on Tuesday that the State of Louisiana had terminated their parental rights and turned the children over to the grandparents. The kidnapping occurred just one day later.

The children are described as follows:

Chase Hakken, 2-years-old:

  • 3'
  • 33lbs
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing: unknown color of pajamas

Cole Hakken, 4-years-old:

  • 3' 9"
  • 44lbs
  • Brown hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing: unknown color of pajamas

Hillsborough deputies have issued arrest warrants for Joshua for kidnapping, interference in child custody, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary with battery and grand theft auto.

Anyone with any information regarding the location of these children are asked to immediately dial 9-1-1 or call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. Both parents are considered armed and dangerous.

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