TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are searching for two young boys they believe were kidnapped by their father from their maternal grandparents' Florida home after their grandmother was tied up.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday night asked for the public's help in locating the boys, 4-year-old Cole Hakken and 2-year-old Chase Hakken.
Authorities allege that their father, 35-year-old Joshua Michael Hakken, entered his mother-in-law's house north of Tampa, tied her up and fled with the children. They said the children could be in a black 2006 GMC pickup owned by their father.
The news release identified Hakken and the children's mother, 34-year-old Sharyn Patricia Hakken, as suspects in the abduction.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Joshua Hakken lost custody of his sons last year after a drug possession arrest in Louisiana.
April 3, 2013 10:53 p.m.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (HCSO)--An Amber Alert has been issued for 2-year-old Chase Hakken and 4-year-old Cole Hakken.
The two boys were last seen in the area of the 14000 block of Shady Shore Drive in Tampa, Fla. The children were kidnapped by Joshua and Sharyn Hakken.
Authorities believe that they may be traveling in a 2006 black General Motors cop Sierra. The vehicle's tag number is #U95KT and it is registered in Florida.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the children are urged to immediately contact 911.
You can also contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office with any additional information at 813-247-8200.