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Report: kidnapped boys, parents in Cuba

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago April 08, 2013 Apr 8, 2013 Monday, April 08 2013 April 08, 2013 6:18 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

TAMPA- Two boys, kidnapped from a home in Florida last week, have been spotted in Cuba, according to media reports from Tampa.

Their father, Joshua Hakken, allegedly took the boys from their maternal grandparents home on Wednesday.

Hakken and his wife lost custody of the children following an arrest in Louisiana last year.

Immediately after the arrest, the boys were placed in foster care in Hammond. In July, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the foster home when a caretaker dialed 911 and said Hakken was there with a gun, trying to take the boys.

"Joshua demanded to see his children," the police report reads. When he was ordered to leave, "Joshua produced a black semi automatic handgun." The woman at the home said he pointed the gun at her, through a window. She took the kids to safety and Hakken left.

The Hakkens were last seen in a sailboat with an outboard motor.

Authorities in Florida said Monday evening, they received information that the Hakken family arrived in Cuba. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is working with the FBI and the U.S. State Department to verify the report.

Because of the family's connection with Louisiana, a special alert was issued when they were kidnapped.  There is also an Amber Alert for other Gulf Coast states.
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