HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A Louisiana man, who will only identify himself as the one-time foster father of two Bay area boys who were abducted Wednesday, believes the boys' parents will stop at nothing to keep custody of their kids.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say Joshua Hakken took his sons.
"They wound up pulling out a gun and once they pulled a gun my wife called the cops," said the former foster father. "When my wife called the cops they took off."
The foster father spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole Hakken, 4, were placed in foster care following a drug bust that landed their parents in handcuffs. According to Slidell, Louisiana, police, Joshua and his wife Sharyn were staying at a hotel when police were called to their room regarding a disturbance. Police say once in the room, the found the couple acting strangely and had drugs and weapons out in front of the kids.
The Office of Child Services (OCS) deemed the children were in danger. They were in foster care for less than a month when Joshua allegedly showed up with a gun.
To protect the children, a judge ordered them into the temporary custody of their maternal grandmother. On Tuesday, she was granted full custody. On Wednesday, police say Hakken showed up for his kid once again. This time he was armed with zip ties.
"My son-in-law just kidnapped my two, my two grandchildren," Patricia Hauser told 911 dispatchers "They've been in my state custody. He's had been missing for... Not yet. They're in state custody. They're under the state custody-- not supposed to be near them. He's been missing for 9-months. He tied me up. I was able to remove myself with a pair of scissors."
Listen to the grandmother's 911 call at http://wfts.tv/10zPqyb .
FBI agents and law enforcement agencies across the Southeast are now searching for the family of four. They believe Sharyn is traveling along with them.
"We want to bring this to a peaceful conclusion," said Detective Larry McKinnon with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The boys' foster father doesn't know if that will happen.
"They'd do anything to evade the children from getting taken from them again," he explained.
A tipster claimed to have spotted Hakken's black 2006 GMC Sierra, Florida tag number U95KT, in southern Tennessee.
UPDATE: The truck was found in Madeira Beach (see http://wfts.tv/11uiWYB ).
Law enforcement is still searching the area but so far there are no signs of the Hakkens.
ABC Action News did request the offense report stemming from the incident at the foster father's home. We have yet to hear back from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.
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