Police in Louisiana say the parents accused of kidnapping their own children in Tampa were acting "bizarre" during the arrest that ultimately caused them to lose custody of the kids.
An Amber alert remains active for Cole and Chase Hakken. Detectives say their parents, Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, kidnapped them early Wednesday morning from Sharyn's mother, one day after permanent custody of the boys was awarded to her.
Initial releases from police referenced an arrest in Louisiana as the main reason for the concern over the boys' safety, but officials could not provide many details. Friday, the Slidell Police Department offered some insight into the June 2012 incident, which began when police were called to a hotel because of a dispute between the Hakkens.
"When police arrived, both Mr. and Mrs. Hakken were acting in a bizarre manner that alarmed officers. They were talking about 'completing their ultimate journey' and were traveling across the country to 'take a journey to the Armageddon,'" the statement explained.
The children were taken into state custody while Josh Hakken was arrested on drug charges. Police said he showed up at the kids' foster home with a gun two weeks later, demanding the return of his children. He left when the homeowners called 911.
Police in Florida had also said the couple was arrested after an "anti-government rally," but the Slidell update did not mention anything about that event, and it's not clear what the original source of that information was.
FULL STATEMENT FROM SLIDELL POLICE:
Due to the overwhelming amount of requests in reference to the Kidnapping case out of Tampa, Florida, here is the connection to Slidell that everyone is asking about.
In June of 2012, Joshua and Sharon Hakken were staying at a local hotel in Slidell. The Slidell Police Department was called in reference to a disturbance involving Mr. and Mrs. Hakken. When police arrived, both Mr. and Mrs. Hakken were acting in a bizarre manner that alarmed officers. They were talking about "completing their ultimate journey" and were traveling across the country to "take a journey to the Armageddon". Let it be noted that both of their children were present in the hotel room at the time.
Based off their behavior, and the fact that narcotics and weapons were located inside of the hotel room, officers contacted the Office of Child Services (OCS). OCS determined that the children were in danger and needed to be taken into custody by the State of Louisiana and temporarily placed in a foster home. Mr. Hakken was placed under arrest for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and the Use of a Controlled and Dangerous Substance in the Presence of Minors. Officers also took custody of several weapons for safe keeping.
Approximately two weeks later, Slidell Police were notified that Mr. Hakken had shown up to the foster family home (somewhere in Hammond, LA) with a firearm demanding the return of his children. The foster parents called 911, and Mr. Hakken fled without his children. We have heard nothing until yesterday. Slidell Police was contacted by the FBI and the authorities from Florida to inform us about the kidnapping. They requested any and all information that we had on the Hakken's.
Other than the arrest made by the Slidell Police Department, the Hakken's have no known connection to Slidell.
The Slidell Police Department posted the Amber Alert from Florida on our Facebook page yesterday afternoon, and also informed all of our officers about the situation as a precautionary measure. We have no reason to believe that Mr. Hakken will return to Slidell, but since we have dealt with him in the past, we wanted to make everyone aware that there is a possibility he could return for some reason or another.
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