Hakken parents arrested and charged, children safe

Young brothers back safe with their grandparents

TAMPA - Joshua and Sharyn Hakken are now behind bars after days of running from the law with their children.

They were booked into the Orient Road jail in Hillsborough County around 4:00 Wednesday morning.  Both of them shackled at the ankles and the wrists with nothing to say to reporters who fired questions at them regarding the alleged kidnapping.

The Hakkens are facing a slew of charges including kidnapping, interference in child custody, child neglect and grand theft auto after allegedly abducting their children from their maternal grandmother's Tampa home. 

A FBI spokesperson told ABC Action News that it will not pursue federal charges, clearing the way for state and local prosecution.

According to the 9-1-1 call placed by the grandmother Patricia Hauser, Joshua Hakken, 35, broke into her home, tied her up and took the children Chase, 2, and Cole, 4, were still wearing their pajamas at the time.

Deputies say he then stole her car and drove to his wife, Sharyn Hakken. 

She was apparently waiting nearby in a 2006 black GMC pick up truck. 

Amber alerts immediately went up.  First in Florida, then spanning to four states before all was said and done.

Hours later, the couple was seen loading supplies on a 25-foot sailboat at the John's Pass Marina in Madeira Beach.

Their truck wasn't found in a John's Pass parking garage until two days later.

By that time, investigators say the Hakken's had already made their way out to sea.  The family of four sailing the 318 miles to Cuba.

An American reporter spotted the family aboard the vessel at the Hemmingway Marina in Havana on Tuesday. 

That reporter told ABC Action News' Laura Harris he saw Joshua Hakken and called out to him, asking him if indeed he was Joshua. 

The reporter said Hakken acknowledged his identity, but when the reporter identified himself, Hakken got very defensive and headed back into the boat.

The Hakken's made it back to the Bay Area very early Wednesday morning after being turned over by Cuban officials into FBI custody.

The children are safe with their grandparents at this time.

Both Sharyn and Joshua Hakken are scheduled to make their first appearances in front of a Hillsborough County judge Thursday morning at 8:00.

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