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No Bond for the Hakkens

No Bond for the Hakkens

UPDATE Thursday April 11th 9:15am. The parents accused of kidnapping their children and sailing them to Cuba made their first appearence this morning in Tampa court Thursday morning.

Judge Walter Heinrich ruled that the parents can no longer have any form of communication with their children. Both parents were denied bond.

They are scheduled for a bond hearing with witnesses on Monday, April 15th

UPDATE Wednesday April 10th 2:20 a.m. The Hakkens have arrived back in Hillsborough County. Cole and Chase have been reunited with their grandparents. Joshua and Sharyn Hakken are being booked in the county jail.

Charges for Joshua Hakken: Kidnapping, interference with child custody, child neglect, burglary with a battery, auto theft. For Sharyn Hakken:  All of the above except auto theft.


UPDATE Tuesday April 9th: Cuban officials have agreed to return the Hakken family to the United States. Officials made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon.

Foreign Ministry official Johana Tablada told The Associated Press that Cuba had informed U.S. authorities of the country's decision to turn over Joshua Michael Hakken, his wife Sharyn and their two young boys.

She did not say when the handover would occur.

The children's grandparents are currently at the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigation Unit awaiting word on how and when the family will be returned.

UPDATE April 9th 12:00pm: CNN is reporting that the Hakken family is confirmed to be in Cuba.  Authorities recieved information on Monday that the family may have landed ashore in Cuba. A CNN reporter in Cuba reported seeing the boat and one of the children on deck in the Hemingway Marina. Officials are still trying to figure out what the next steps will be concerning extradition.

The United States DOES have an extradition treaty with Cuba.

UPDATE Monday April 8th: The Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office says it has received information that the Hakken family is in Cuba. The Sheriffs Office is working with the F-B-I and the State Department to verify the information. The U.S. does have an extradition treaty in place with Cuba.

SUNDAY April 6th UPDATE: The search for the Hakken family continues into yet another day.  No sightings have been reported of that 1972, 25 foot, Morgan Sailboat.  The vessel has a Registration number of FL3717BK.  The boat has a blue hull, and has the name "Salty" with a picture of a paw near the back of the hull on each side. The stern has "St. Petersburg' in white lettering.  It also has a blue Bimini top and when its sail is unfurled it is white with blue trim.  The F.B.I. and other federal agencies continue to be involved in the case. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these children please contact the Hillsborough County Sherriff's Department at 813-247-8200 or 911.

UPDATE Friday April 4th : Hillsborough sheriff's deputies say the Hakkens' pickup truck has been located in the John's Pass parking garage in Madeira Beach. They spent much of the night processing the pickup for forensic evidence. No signs of the Hakken boys or their parents. 

TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are looking for a couple accused of kidnapping their boys from the children's grandmother's house. 

Deputies say Joshua and Sheryn Hakken entered the grandmother's house on Shady Shores Drive, tied her up and took the boys--two-year-old Chase and four-year-old Cole.

Investigators say Joshua Hakken may be driving a 2009 silver Toyota Camry and Sheryn and the boys are believed to be in a 2006 black GMC pickup.

Detectives describe the Hakkens as "anti-government", are armed and dangerous and have attempted similar abductions at gunpoint.

UPDATE: Police now reporting that the couple had their children removed from the home from an incident in Louisiana. Joshua Hakken was arrested at an anti-government rally for possession of pot. He has a history of violent tendancies, he showed up with a gun at a state facility in Louisiana in an attempt to get his children back.

The state of Louisiana terminated the couples parental rights on Tuesday, the children have been awarded to the grandmother. 

Click below for an exerpt of the 911 tape of grandmother Patricia Houser calling authorities after the kidnapping.




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