Reporter Patrick Oppmann says he found suspect Joshua Hakken at a Havana marina and confirmed that he was the father of 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase Hakken, who arrived in Cuba on Monday.
Joshua Hakken wouldn’t answer any questions, and Cuban security reportedly told Oppmann to leave. But Oppmann also claims he saw a child on Hakken’s boat, as well as a woman matching the description of Hakken’s wife.
Authorities allege that Hakken entered his mother-in-law’s home in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, tied her up and left with Cole and Chase. From there the family took the treacherous journey from Florida to Cuba.
The boys had been living with Hakken’s mother-in-law since last year after Hakken lost custody of them due to drug possession charges. Police say he tried to abduct them before, by taking them from a foster home at gunpoint.
It’s yet unclear what, if anything, authorities can do to retrieve the family from Cuba. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are investigating.
Source: Huffington Post