Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-140 (13-136)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 5, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Update On Missing Children

    The 2006 GMC pickup truck has been located.
    • Thursday
    • April 4, 2013
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Pinellas County


    The 2006 GMC pickup truck has been located abandoned in the John Pass Parking Garage located at 12901 Gulf Boulevard, Madeira Beach, Florida. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives as well as crime scene technicians are on scene and will now carefully process the vehicle in John Pass.

    Missing Children:

    Chase Hakken
    DOB: 7/15/2010
    Description: White Male 3’, 33 lbs., Brown Hair and brown eyes.

    Cole Hakken
    DOB: 5/15/2008
    Description: White Male, 3’9”, 44 lbs., Brown Hair and brown eyes.


    Joshua Michael Hakken
    DOB: 12/25/1977

    Warrants in Hillsborough County have been issued for Joshua Hakken for the
    following charges;

    Kidnapping - 2 counts
    Interference in Child Custody - 2 counts
    Child Neglect - 2 counts
    False Imprisonment -1 count
    Burglary with a Battery - 1 count
    Grand Theft Auto - 1 count

    Sharyn Patricia Hakken
    DOB: 9/27/1978

    Vehicle: Possibly a 2006 Black GMC Pickup, Florida Tag: U95KT (RECOVERED)


    On April 3, 2013, at approximately 6:40 a.m., the abducted children's maternal grandmother dialed 911 from inside 14040 Shady Oaks Drive in Tampa. Her husband, the children's grandfather had already left for work and was not at home.

    Apparently just after 6 a.m., Joshua Hakken broke into the home and tied up his mother-n-law. He then woke his two children and removed them from the home while still in their pajamas. Hakken then stole his mother-n-law's car and fled the residence. The victim then managed to free herself and call 911.

    During the investigation, detectives located the victim's stolen vehicle abandoned several block from the crime scene. Detectives believe Joshua and the kids entered a second vehicle once abandoning his mother-n-law's vehicle and fled the area to an unknown destination.

    A Florida state wide Amber alert has been issued for the 2006 GMC pick-up Sierra, black in color, bearing Florida tag U95-KT.

    We still have unanswered questions from the events in Louisiana prior to today's events here in Hillsborough County. We are working closely with the FBI and government officials in the State of Louisiana to attempt to obtain a better picture of the history of this family and the circumstances which lead to the removal of the children from their parent custody and ultimately the terminations of all parental rights.

    What we have learned so far and keep in mind this a still preliminary that on June 17, 2012, the father Joshua Hakken was arrested in a hotel on multiple drug charges in St Tammany Parrish, Louisiana after attending some type of anti-government rally.

    Some point after that arrest, the State of Louisiana took custody of both children and placed them temporarily in foster care. While in foster care, Joshua Hakken showed up at the foster care facility waving a gun and began beating on the front door. He fled the scene without his children after he was unable to enter the secured facility. I do not have any information on a case status of that event.

    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 247-8200. Both subjects are considered armed and dangerous.

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