TAMPA, Fla. -
"Yes, we do feel they are in danger due to the nature of the means in which they were taken," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Corporal Kevin Bodie.
Chase and Cole Hakken were still wearing their pajamas when deputies say their own parents took them by force from a Lake Magdalene home.
"The grandfather had left for work. The break-in occurred shortly after-- that's when he accosted her, tied her up and then took off with the children in the car," said Corporal Bodie.
Just two and four years old, the brothers lived with their grandparents, who had temporary custody.
Deputies say their father, 35-year old Joshua Hakken, was arrested for drug possession in the presence of children after an anti-government rally at a New Orleans-area hotel in 2012.
"They were taken from the parents during a rally in Louisiana in mid-2012 and during that time period
the parents did attempt to do an abduction or reclaiming of the children from a foster home that they
were placed at in Louisiana. It was a secured facility and they were unable to make that reclaim
of their children at that point," said Corporal Bodie.
Bodie says Hakken showed up at the facility with a gun, and banged on a door, but his Louisiana attempted kidnapping was a failure.
Yesterday, investigators say the Hakkens lost custody of the boys and Louisiana awarded full rights to the maternal grandparents.
Amber Alert signs are flashing across Florida highways and deputies are concerned about the safety and well-being of the children.
"Their whereabouts is unknown at this time," said Corporal Bodie.
Detectives believe Joshua and Sharyn Hakken could be driving a black 2006 GMC Sierra pick-up truck with Florida license plate number U95KT.
You're asked to call 911 if you spot the vehicle or the Hakkens.
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