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Authorities in Florida and Louisiana Have Issued An Alert For Two Children Abducted By Their Non Custodial Parents (UPDATED!)


UPDATE – According to Yahoo News Joshua and Sharyn Hakken have been arrested after fleeing to Cuba with their non custodial children Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole, 4, whom were kidnapped on April 4, 2013 at their grandmothers Tampa, Florida home where they resided.

The suspects fled on a boat named “Salty” and sailed to Cuba where they were located and apprehended.

Both boys have been returned to their grandparents who has full custodial rights.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken will appear in court Thursday, April 18, 2013 for the first time to face charges including kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody.


Joshua Michael Hakken, 34, was listed as Endangered Missing on the Louisiana State Police Facebook page three days ago. After doing more research it appears as if he along with his wife, Sharyn Patricia Hakken, 34, kidnapped their two children, Chase Hakken, 2, and Cole Hakken, 4 from their grandmother who had custody of both boys in Tampa, FL.

The abduction occurred on the morning of April 4, 2013 and later that same day the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued an AMBER Alert for both missing boys.

Both suspects are the biological parents of the two victims however, neither have any custodial rights.

The children may be traveling to or through Louisiana since their abductors have ties to the Slidell area which is the reason for the Louisiana alert. The suspects may be driving in a black 2006 GMC pickup bearing University of Florida license plate U95KT.

The suspects description:

  • Joshua Hakken stands 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Sharyn Hakken stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has blue-green eyes and short, curly brown hair.

The victims description:

  • Cole Hakken (bottom lefr) stands 3 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 44 pounds.
  • Chase Hakken (bottom right) stands 3 feet tall and weighs 33 pounds. Both youths have brown hair and brown eyes.

Citizens are advised not to approach the two suspects. Instead, call 911, your local law enforcement agency or the Hillsborough County, Fla., sheriff’s office at (813) 247-8200.

Joshua Hakken Located In Cuba By CNN Reporter, Says He’s Father Wanted For Abducting 2 Sons (HuffingtonPost)

Children Kidnapped FloridaA CNN reporter claims to have located and talked to the man wanted for abducting two children and sailing them to Cuba.

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

Woman Wanted In Florida Since 2006 For A Hit And Run Resulting In Death

Cops also say that Abdala speaks very little English, and is known to frequent sports bars.

 Leydis Menendez Abdala (photo taken in 2006)

HIALEAH, FLORIDA — Leydis Abdala, now 38, is wanted for the August 12th, 2006 hit-and-run of Gloria Hall, 40, who was killed as she was walking to Church in Hialeah located in the state of Florida. Leydis was not only speeding, but also intoxicated when she failed to stop at a red light. Leydis showed little remorse at the scene of the accident and told police she was on the way to another bar when the accident occurred.

Leydis was released from prison temporarily while investigators waited for the toxicology results, which would prove that Leydis was driving drunk. By the time the tests came back, Leydis was already on the run.

Leydis Abdala is a Cuban immigrant living with family members in Florida when the crime was committed. Authorities believe that her family knows where she is, but are not telling and that she may still be in the Miami area or she possibly returned to Cuba. According to AMW, it is also possible that she is hiding out in Southwest US or Mexico.

Abdala is known to frequently change her hair style and color.

(Photo Of Leydis With Lighter Dyed Hair)

Statement from victims sister: ”As an officer I’ve encountered horrible accident scenes, but nothing I have witnessed could ever prepare me for what I witnessed that morning in August that
took my sister’s life.”

Leydis was 33-years-old in 2006. Police say that without makeup, Leydis almost looks like she has a black eye. She has naturally brown hair but likes to change her hair color and style of her hair quite often. She is hispanic, 5’4”, weighing approx 180 pounds at the time the crime was committed. She is known to wear green or blue contacts and often wears a lot of make-up to cover distinct, dark skin pigmentation
underneath her eyes.

Cops also say that Abdala speaks very little English, and is known to frequent
sports bars.

Gloria Hall’s friends and family, including her two daughters, miss her greatly and want justice and for Leydis Menendez Abdala to be held responsible. It has already been six years since they lost Gloria and the wounds are still there.

Gloria Hall with her two daughters.

(Photo Of Victim: Gloria Hall With Her Two Daughters)

There is a warrant for her arrest in Miami and a $5,000 reward for information leading to her arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact: Hialeah police at 305-687-2525, or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (3477).