TAMPA - Two young boys who were abducted from their Tampa home by their father on Wednesday may have been spotted in Tennessee where officials have issued an Amber Alert for that state.
The alert was issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation which reports that a vehicle similar to the one the boys are believed to be in may have been seen in the area of Highway 30 and Highway 411 in Etowah, Tennessee around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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Investigators say Joshua Michael Hakken, 35, entered the home of the children's grandmother, Patricia Houser, at 14040 Shady Shores Drive around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. She is the maternal grandmother of Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole Hakken, 4. It's believed Hakken's wife, 34-year-old Sharyn Hakken was waiting outside.
Detectives did not know if the children were taken at gunpoint.
The Houser's husband, the children's grandfather, had left for work and was not home at the time the boys were taken away.
Joshua Hakken tied up the grandmother, took the children and fled in Hauser's 2009 silver Toyota Camry, which was later found a few blocks away, investigators said.
A Florida Amber Alert was issued around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Reporters were told at a news conference the State of Louisiana took away the parents' parental rights and gave the grandmother temporary custody after a series of incidents.
Detectives believe the children could possibly be in a black 2006 GMC Sierra, Florida tag number U95KT registered to Hakken. It's believed the boys are with both parents. They are both considered to be armed and dangerous.
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday afternoon for Joshua Hakken for multiple crimes including 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.
His wife, Sharyn Hakken, has not been charged with any crime so far.
According to earlier information, the couple lost custody of the two boys after attending an anti-government rally in Louisiana. The father was charged with possession of drugs in the presence of the children.
After losing custody, Joshua Hakken tried to take the children from a Louisiana foster care facility, according to the statement. He beat on the front door while waving a gun. When he was unable to get in, he fled.
The boys have been with their grandmother since mid-2012..
Chase Hakken is described as 3', 33 lbs., brown hair and brown eyes last seen wearing pajamas of an unknown color.
Cole Hakken is described as 3' 9", 44 lbs., brown hair and brown eyes, also wearing pajamas of an unknown color.
Joshua Hakken is described as a white male 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Sharyn Hakken is described as a white female, 34 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Anyone with any information is asked to immediately dial 9-1-1 or call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200.