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« Reply #40 on: April 11, 2013, 11:25:59 AM »

http://www.thespectrum.com/usatoday/article/2073559

Fla. couple accused of kidnapping kids denied bail
Apr. 11, 2013 10:29 AM

A judge ordered two Florida parents charged with kidnapping their boys in a custody dispute and fleeing to Cuba by sailboat to remain in jail without bond until at least Monday.

Prosecutors requested a pretrial detention hearing set for Monday morning, the Tampa Bay Times reported, during which witnesses could be brought forward to make a case for denying the couple bail.

"If in fact (prosecutors) present the proper evidence, you can be held without bond for the duration of your case," Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich explained to the couple during their first court appearance Thursday morning, according to the Times.

Heinrich also ordered Joshua and Sharyn Hakken to have no contact with any of the victims or witnesses in the case. The two face charges including kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody.

The Hakkens are being represented by public defenders after they said they did not have enough money for private council, according to WTSP-TV.
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I hope in this particular case the Hakkens will be held without bail due to flight risk.  JMHO
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« Reply #41 on: April 11, 2013, 02:02:24 PM »

http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21010339161486/grandparents-fla-boys-unaware-of-kidnapping/
Grandparents: Fla. boys unaware of kidnapping
April 11, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida grandparents of two young boys say the children seem unaware that their parents had kidnapped them and thought their trip to Cuba was just a vacation.
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The grandparents have legal custody of 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Chase. Neither child has mentioned the trip to Cuba last week.
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« Reply #42 on: April 11, 2013, 05:41:07 PM »

http://www.thespectrum.com/usatoday/article/2073559

Fla. couple accused of kidnapping kids denied bail
Apr. 11, 2013 10:29 AM

A judge ordered two Florida parents charged with kidnapping their boys in a custody dispute and fleeing to Cuba by sailboat to remain in jail without bond until at least Monday.

Prosecutors requested a pretrial detention hearing set for Monday morning, the Tampa Bay Times reported, during which witnesses could be brought forward to make a case for denying the couple bail.

"If in fact (prosecutors) present the proper evidence, you can be held without bond for the duration of your case," Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich explained to the couple during their first court appearance Thursday morning, according to the Times.

Heinrich also ordered Joshua and Sharyn Hakken to have no contact with any of the victims or witnesses in the case. The two face charges including kidnapping, child neglect, false imprisonment, burglary and interference with custody.

The Hakkens are being represented by public defenders after they said they did not have enough money for private council, according to WTSP-TV.
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I hope in this particular case the Hakkens will be held without bail due to flight risk.  JMHO

Agree--at least for Jashua.

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A few hours before the plane landed, authorities held a news conference and said both parents are facing kidnapping, child interference with child custody and neglect charges. Joshua Hakken is facing grand theft auto, false imprisonment, battery and burglary. Hakken is also facing a federal charge for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The couple is scheduled to make their first court appearance on Thursday.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/parents-cuba-kidnap-case-isolated-jail-population/story?id=18920393#.UWcoF74o7IW
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« Reply #43 on: April 11, 2013, 05:46:24 PM »

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2013/4/11/hakkens_to_make_firs.html

Bond hearing for Hakkens rescheduled for Friday
Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:00 PM

TAMPA --
Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, who are accused of kidnapping their young sons and sailing to Cuba with them, will have a pretrail detention hearing on Friday morning.

The Hakkens face charges of kidnapping, child neglect and interfering with child custody. They will appear before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Chet Tharpe Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Hakkens will be represented by a public defender.

They are currently being held without bond.

"If in fact (prosecutors) present the proper evidence, you can be held without bond for the duration of your case," Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich told the Hakkens in court Thursday morning.
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« Reply #44 on: April 12, 2013, 12:13:59 PM »

http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/310533/250/Hakkens-waive-bond-hearing-will-remain-in-jail

Joshua and Sharon Hakken waive their right to a bond hearing, will remain in jail for now
9:45 AM, Apr 12, 2013

Tampa, Florida -- Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, the parents accused of kidnapping their own children and taking them to Cuba, will continue to be held without bond.

A bond hearing was originally scheduled for Friday, after the Hakkens made their first court appearance a day earlier. But on Thursday night, the husband and wife rescinded their request for a hearing. 

Both Hakkens are being represented by public council, saying they can't afford private lawyers. During an arraignment hearing Friday morning, the public defender said he had no intention of asking for bond any time in the future.
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The next court date for the Hakkens is May 30.
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« Reply #45 on: April 12, 2013, 10:11:19 PM »

http://www.cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/ap/2013/04/12/Documents_Dad_stocked_sailboat_before_kidnapping.html

Documents: Hakken father stocked sailboat before kidnapping
Last Updated: Friday, April 12, 2013, 2:24 PM

TAMPA, Fla. --
(AP) The man accused of kidnapping his two young sons and sailing to Cuba had spent weeks loading the family's boat with supplies and had suggested the family might sail as far away as South America, according to court documents released Friday.

The affidavit's release coincided with a hearing for Joshua and Sharyn Hakken in Tampa, though the couple did not attend. They were ordered to remain in jail without bond, which their public defender did not contest.

Federal prosecutors formally dropped their case against the couple Friday, though they still face kidnapping charges in Florida's Hillsborough County. Their attorney entered not guilty pleas on their behalf Friday.

The affidavit detailing how the Hakkens prepared for the trip to Cuba was part of the now-closed federal case.

An unidentified witness told a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detective she had sold Joshua Hakken a boat for $3,500 in January and that Hakken paid $400 to store the boat at a boat slip. The witness said Hakken would visit the boat once a week and load boxes of supplies into the cabin. Last week, on the day the family disappeared, the Hakkens and their boys showed up at the boat and told the slip owner they were heading to Key West and possibly South America, the witness said.
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« Reply #46 on: April 17, 2013, 09:12:04 PM »

http://tbo.com/news/crime/documents-email-facebook-used-in-hakkens-kidnapping-plan-b82479599z1

Documents: Email, Facebook used in Hakken’s kidnapping plan
Published: April 17, 2013

TAMPA - The couple accused of abducting their two young sons and taking them to Cuba used email and Facebook in an attempt to throw authorities off their trail, court records show.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Jay Best wrote in a search warrant affidavit that the laptop of Joshua and Sharyn Hakken had “numerous electronically created documents that detailed the suspects plan to defect from the United States of America with the victims of the kidnapping.”

The abduction of Chase, 2, and Cole, 4, from their maternal grandparents’ North Tampa home took place April 3.

But on April 5, Sharyn Hakken used Facebook’s instant messaging feature to tell an acquaintance in Alabama that she was still in Tampa, the affidavit said.

The Hakkens and their sons were already on a 25-foot sailboat headed for Cuba on that day, according to investigators.

The affidavit also said that Joshua Hakken was living in the Detroit Resort Motel in Spring Hill for eight weeks as he plotted to take his family out of the country.

Hakken used an alias, “Richard Dominick,” and gave motel managers the email address “mysticknight13@gmail.com” as the best way to contact him “during the extended stay at the hotel,” the affidavit said.

Hakken checked out of the Detroit Resort in the early morning hours of April 3, the day Cole and Chase were taken from the home of their grandmother, Patricia Hauser, authorities said.

In the affidavit, investigators said they had requested search warrants for Joshua Hakken’s email account and Sharyn Hakken’s Facebook account because the privacy settings had been activated and investigators could not access it.

“Social networks and the communication through them can be used to facilitate escape, concealment of significant others, parental abductions and evasion of law enforcement,” FDLE special agent Chuck McMullen wrote in the affidavit.
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« Reply #47 on: April 17, 2013, 09:16:34 PM »

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/affidavit-sharyn-hakken-chatted-online-after-kidnapping/2115596

Affidavit: Sharyn Hakken chatted online after kidnapping
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:09pm

TAMPA — Sharyn Hakken chatted online with a Facebook friend during the time authorities said she and her husband were fleeing to Cuba with their kidnapped sons, a court record filed Tuesday indicates.

Another court record also filed Tuesday shows that when Sharyn and Joshua Hakken were taken into custody in Cuba, he carried a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer in his backpack.
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« Reply #48 on: April 29, 2013, 09:58:51 AM »

I am just so happy the children are safe and seem oblivious to being kidnapped.
The grandparents, the children need prayers for sure.
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« Reply #49 on: May 31, 2013, 12:28:01 AM »

I am just so happy the children are safe and seem oblivious to being kidnapped.
The grandparents, the children need prayers for sure.


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« Reply #50 on: May 31, 2013, 12:30:30 AM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/52042634/ns/local_news-tampa_fl/t/no-gag-order-case-tampa-couple-charged-kidnapping/

No gag order in case with Tampa couple charged with kidnapping
updated 5/30/2013 11:20:00 AM ET 

The Tampa couple charged with kidnapping their young boys and fleeing to Cuba waived their court appearance on Thursday. Joshua and Sharyn Hakken's disposition hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. at the Hillsborough County Courthouse.

The judge ruled a gag order would be premature at this time for attorneys and law enforcement involved in the case. Any case discovery will be on 30 day delay.

The Hakkens previously entered a written plea of not guilty to charges of kidnapping, child abuse and interfering with child custody
 
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« Reply #51 on: May 31, 2013, 09:17:24 AM »

Thank you grace-land.  I had forgotten (old age) why the children were taken.
cw618 had posted this
 
The children were taken from the Hakkens after police found the family with drug paraphilia and weapons in a Louisiana hotel room, where they spoke of "completing their ultimate journey" and taking "a journey to the Armageddon," according to police

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/amber-alert-joshua-sharyn-hakken-anti-government-couple-flee-kidnapping-kids-article-1.1308558
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« Reply #52 on: June 29, 2013, 10:58:53 PM »

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/22613197/2013/06/17/hakkens-waive-right-to-speedy-trial

Hakkens waive right to speedy trial
Posted: Jun 17, 2013 3:16 PM CDT Updated: Jun 17, 2013 3:16 PM CDT

TAMPA (FOX 13) - A Tampa couple, accused of kidnapping their two sons and sailing to Cuba, was in court this morning.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken waived their rights to a speedy trial. They are now represented by private attorneys instead of a public defender.
 
The Hakkens will be back in court in July.
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« Reply #53 on: June 29, 2013, 11:04:33 PM »

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/attorney-joshua-and-sharyn-hakken-feared-for-kids-lives-were-seeking/2127102

Attorney: Joshua and Sharyn Hakken feared for kids' lives, were 'seeking asylum' in Cuba
Monday, June 17, 2013 1:00pm

The Tampa couple accused of kidnapping their sons at gunpoint and absconding on a sailboat across the Gulf of Mexico tried to formally seek asylum from Cuban authorities, asserting the lives of their children were at risk from U.S. government officials, one parent's lawyer said Monday.

Joshua and Sharyn Hakken met with a lawyer in Cuba after arriving there in April, and were initially told they would be safe from U.S. law enforcement while their asylum application was reviewed, said Tampa lawyer Bryant Camareno, who is representing Sharyn Hakken.

"They sought counsel, and they actually met with a lawyer in Cuba," Camareno said. "They felt that their kids' lives were in danger from the (U.S.) government." He said the couple also believed that if Cuba rejected them, they would have time to seek protection at other foreign governments' embassies in Havana.

The couple's dreams of a safe haven abroad were short-lived. Within days of the Hakkens' arrival at Hemingway Marina outside Havana, Cuban authorities gave the U.S. permission to apprehend the family and extradite them to Florida. Both parents are jailed as they await trial in Hills­borough Circuit Court on charges including kidnapping and child abuse.

But the description of the Hakkens' overtures to Cuban officials and fears of government intrusion in their boys' lives provides an early glimpse of their mind-set and legal strategy. Camareno's remarks to the Tampa Bay Times, made after Joshua and Sharyn Hakken briefly appeared in court Monday, marked the first time the couple's own account of their motives has emerged.

The argument that the Hakkens were attempting to extricate their sons from a tyrannical child welfare system also promises to bring more national attention to the bizarre saga of an American family driven by mistrust of government to seek refuge in the Western Hemisphere's last communist country.
 
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« Reply #54 on: June 29, 2013, 11:08:33 PM »

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/details-emerge-of-hakkens-anti-government-beliefs/2128590

Details emerge of Hakkens' 'antigovernment' beliefs
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 8:51pm

TAMPA — Politics has assumed an oddly prominent role in the criminal case of Joshua and Sharyn Hakken, the Tampa engineers accused of kidnapping their sons and fleeing more than 300 miles on a sailboat to Cuba.

At the case's outset, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said the couple were "antigovernment," a characterization echoed in news coverage. Some sympathizers have bristled at the focus on the Hakkens' ideology, saying the pair have been unfairly painted as extremists.

Interviews this week with the couple's defense attorneys and authorities in Louisiana — where the Hakkens had early run-ins with law enforcement last year — suggest elements of truth to both perspectives, and offer clues to the beliefs undergirding the Hakkens' actions.

While the pair hold deep-seated suspicions of government, according to their attorneys, early descriptions of some of their political activities by law enforcement officials now appear to have been inaccurate.

In particular, there is no available evidence the Hakkens attended an "antigovernment rally" last summer outside New Orleans, as was initially asserted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
 
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