Παρασκευή, 5 Απριλίου 2013

[UPDATED] The Hakken Child Abduction Story Apparently Started With a Simple Marijuana Arrest



UPDATE: Det. Daniel Seuzeneau, who it turns out
is the public information officer for the Slidell Police
Department, and not the officer who arrested Joshua Hakken, emails:
"Mr. Hakken, as far as we know, was not at an anti-government
rally. I never made that statement and don’t know where that came
from." 


It's been 24 hours since Joshua Hakken allegedly
broke into his mother-and-law's house in Tampa
, tied her up
with zip ties, and left with his sons Cole and Chase--who are two
and four years old--in his mother-in-law's car. Florida law
enforcement authorities say the "anti-government" couple of Joshua
and Sharyn Hakken are now on the run with Cole and Chase in tow.
Law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana have
all issued child abduction alerts, as well as disseminated pictures
of the Hakken family. 


Over the course of those 24 hours, we've learned a thing or two
about the Hakkens from law enforcement and the media. The story
taking shape is both tragic and infuriating, as it appears from an
interview with officials in Louisiana that the couple's problems do
indeed stem from Joshua Hakken's 2012 marijuana arrest. 


Here's what we know at this point about the chain of events that
led the Hakkens to "abduct" their own children:



  • Joshua Hakken, an engineer from Tampa, Florida, was arrested
    at an "anti-government
    rally"
    in a hotel in Slidell, Louisiana, on June 17, 2012;
    and charged with "Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug
    Paraphernalia and Possession of a controlled dangerous substance in
    the presence of a minor."


  • According to Det. Daniel Seuzeneau
    , the Slidell police officer who
    arrested Joshua Hakken
     a public information officer for
    the Slidell Police Department, Hakken ”was under the influence
    of narcotics and also had narcotics inside his hotel room and he
    was speaking kind of out of his mind a little bit.” 

  • Seuzeneau says that Department of Children and Family Services
    was called, the kids were taken, and Hakken was jailed for "maybe a
    week or so but not very long.”

  • The children were placed in temporary foster care in
    Louisiana.

  • Allegedly armed with a firearm, Joshua Hakken tried to "abduct"
    his children from the foster care facility, and then left when he
    could not get inside.

  • According to multiple media outlets, a judge in Louisiana gave
    permanent custody of the Hakken children to Sharyn Hakken's mother
    in Tampa on Tuesday of this week. 

  • On Wednesday, Joshua Hakken broke into his mother-in-law's
    house shortly after her husband had gone to work,
    restrained her with zip ties, and left with the kids
    . Several
    hours later, his mother-in-law broke free and called the
    police. 

  • The Amber Alert issued by Hillsborough County (Florida)
    Sheriffs Department says the Hakkens "are anti-government," have
    "attempted a previous abduction at gun point in Louisiana," and
    "are considered armed and dangerous."

  • Joshua Hakken is facing two counts of kidnapping, two counts of
    interference in child custody, two counts of child neglect, one
    count of false imprisonment, burglary with a battery, and grand
    theft auto. If he was armed when any of that happened, Florida's 10-20-Life law
    could come into play. 


While I haven't been able to figure out anything about the
"anti-government" rally Hakken was allegedly attending in Slidell,
or what happened between June 2012 and Wednesday of this week, his
and his wife's political beliefs are hardly the danger that law
enforcement officials are making them out to be.
From 
The
Tampa Bay Times
:



In February 2012, someone writing as "SailingBull" posted to the
website for Adam vs. The Man, a forum "about challenging authority,
sticking it to the man, and giving the millennial generation a
voice."


"My name is Joshua Hakken," he wrote. "I am a father, a
registered professional mechanical engineer and a veteran of the
USAF. I am absolutely devoted to life, liberty, the rights of the
individual and the Constitution of the United States of America.
"


After saying that he had noticed that "things here in Florida
have not added up for quite some time," he concluded, "in these
crazy times, maintaining open communication lines for ideas,
observations and news is absolutely crucial if the 'good guys' are
to be successful in surviving to maintain the fight of ideas."



That same story includes several quotes from neighbors about how
normal and pleasant the Hakkens are, save for a rather careless
habit of smoking pot in their driveway. 

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