Markell X. Beasley, of Jefferson City, and suspect Demetrius Beasley, 40, who was not his father, were discovered in a Cape Girardeau home with gunshot wounds Tuesday night.
The girls, aged 12, 13 and 17, were held separately in the home and haven’t had a bath in almost half a year. They told cops their captors, their mother and stepfather, fed them only once a day. The adults are in police custody.
with kids in tow during large-scale manhunt
Josh and Sharyn Hakken were returned to authorities in Florida to face kidnapping and child neglect charges. The couple is accused of abducting their boys and sailing to Cuba where they were found at Havana’s Hemingway Marina.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Joshua and Sharyn Hakken were booked into a Florida jail and face several state and federal charges, including child neglect, kidnapping and auto theft.
By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6:54 AM
The anti-government parents who sought sanctuary in communist Cuba after kidnapping their children returned to Florida early Wednesday.
The Cuban government turned Josh and Sharyn Hakken, both 34, over to the FBI and the U.S. State Department, who escorted them to the Hillsborough County jail in Tampa where they face several federal and state charges, including kidnapping, child neglect and auto theft.
Meanwhile, their boys Chase, 2, and Cole, 4, will get medical exams and be returned to their maternal grandparents, Bob and Patricia Hauser.
Joshua Hakken was processed for booking into the Hillsbourgh County Jail early Wednesday morning in Florida.
The grandparents got custody of the boys when Louisiana axed the Hakken’s parenting rights earlier this month. Police initially took the children from Josh and Sharyn Hakken when they were busted for drugs and weapons in a Louisiana hotel room. The couple acted bizarrely and spoke ominously about “completing their ultimate journey” and taking a “journey to the Armageddon,” police said.
“Our grandchildren are safe,” Bob Hauser told CNN. He also thanked Cuban authorities “for being so cooperative and returning the kids.”
The U.S. government received “exceptional cooperation from the Cuban government,” authorities said. This collaboration is noteworthy because no extradition treaty exists between the nations and the FBI estimates that about 70 fugitives from U.S. authority live in the island nation.
Sharyn Hakken was processed for booking into the Hillsbourgh County Jail early Wednesday in Florida.
This diplomacy put an end to the large-scale manhunt that erupted after Josh Hakken allegedly tied up his mother-in-law and kidnapped his children in her Toyota Camry, which he abandoned a few blocks away before getting into his black pickup truck.
About three and a half hours later, security cameras recorded Josh and Sharyn Hakken sailing into the Gulf of Mexico from Madeira Beach. The Hakkens arrived in a stormy marina a few miles west of Havana Sunday, said the Cuban foreign ministry in a statement.
They came to port in Havana’s Hemingway Marina where they were identified by a CNN reporter Tuesday. Cuban authorities announced that afternoon that they would turn the family over to the U.S. government.
The state charges Josh and Sharyn Hakken with kidnapping, interference with child custody, child neglect, battery and grand theft auto. Josh Hakken could also face a false imprisonment charge for allegedly tying up his mother-in-law, said the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Chase Hakken (l.) and his brother Cole (r.) are thought to have been taken by their father.
Joshua Hakken (l.) and wife Sharyn Hakken are accused of kidnapping their two young sons in Florida and fleeing with them by boat to Cuba.
Hamas, taking advantage of the rioting in Judea and Samaria, calls on terrorists to kidnap IDF soldiers.
The Hamas terror group, taking advantage of the rioting in Judea and Samaria, is calling on terrorists to kidnap IDF soldiers.
According to the Iranian Fars agency, senior Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil urged terrorists participating in a rally in Gaza in protest of the death of a terrorist in Israeli custody to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
Hamas organized two huge rallies in Khan Younis and Rafah in southern Gaza to protest the death of 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat in the Meggido prison, according to Fars.
Addressing the rally in Khan Younis, al-Bardawil urged the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. The abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit led to the release of over 1,000 terrorists in 2011 in a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel.
Al-Bardawil urged Egypt to show responsibility toward the prisoner exchange, which was brokered in Cairo, according to Fars.
“A new Palestinian Intifada is about to break out in support of prisoners,” al-Bardawil said, urging all PA Arabs to join activities to support detainees.
He appealed to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority to boycott public and secret negotiations with Israel in protest over Jaradat’s death.
An autopsy conducted Sunday on Jaradat’s body found that it is impossible to determine the exact cause of his death.
The PA’s minister of prisoners, Issa Qaraqaa, nevertheless took advantage of the non-conclusive report to blame Israel for torturing Jaradat to death, citing the preliminary findings of the joint autopsy which reported bruises on Jaradat’s body, muscle damage and broken ribs. Those, however, can be caused by resuscitation attempts, according to the autopsy.
Thousands took part on Monday in Jaradat’s funeral. The funeral was held at his village, Sa’ir, near Hevron.
At nearby Beit Anun, hundreds of Arabs gathered and hurled rocks at security forces who were on high alert during the funeral. The security forces countered the rioting with riot dispersal gear.
The United Nations, meanwhile, called on Monday for an independent inquiry into Jaradat’s death, warning that mounting tensions risk an eruption of violence in the region.
UN Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry made the call in a statement after talks with PA prime minister Salam Fayyad.
“The United Nations expects the autopsy to be followed by an independent and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Jaradat’s death, the results of which should be made public as soon as possible,” said Serry.
Jaradat’s death is the latest excuse used by PA Arabs to justify their rioting. Last week they intensified the riots as a sign of solidarity with four terrorists who are serving time in Israeli prisons and who have gone on a hunger strike as a pressure tactic to get Israel to release them.
The four are Samer Issawi, Tareq Qaadan, Jafar Ezzedine and Ayman Sharawna. All four were released as part of the Shalit deal in 2011 but were rearrested after they violated the terms of their release.
Israel’s defense establishment said Friday that the prisoners currently on hunger strike in Israel were jailed for good reason. The reminder came in the wake of statements of concern from the United Nations and European Union.
An IDF general revealed Saturday that the Arab enemy’s attempts to abduct Jews have reached unprecedented levels.
Major General Avi Mizrachi, who served as the Head of Central Command in 2009-2012, told Channel 2 television’s Meet the Press, “Since November we have foiled 18 attempts by Hamas and Fatah men to abduct Israeli citizens.” This number translates to a rough average of two abduction attempts per week.
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A grand jury in Philadelphia alleges that several disabled adults were confined in subhuman conditions in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits, and that two people died as a result. The indictment unsealed Wednesday Jan. 23, 2013 charges 52-year-old Weston and four others with offenses including hate crimes, kidnapping, murder in aid of racketeering and forced human labor. Prosecutors say it’s the first time the federal hate crimes statute has been used to protect the disabled.
PHILADELPHIA — A paroled killer targeted mentally disabled adults in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits, confining them like “zoo animals,” forcing some into prostitution and causing the deaths of two victims through abuse and neglect, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Linda Weston, 52, of Philadelphia, was indicted on charges including hate crimes, kidnapping, murder in aid of racketeering and forced human labor. It’s the first time the federal hate crimes statute has been used to protect the disabled, authorities said.
“Shocking does not begin to describe the criminal allegations in this case, where victims were tied up and confined like zoo animals and treated like property akin to slaves,” U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said.
The case came to light in October 2011 after a landlord discovered four malnourished victims locked in the basement of a Philadelphia apartment building, one of them chained to a boiler. Authorities soon began untangling a complicated web of relationships among victims and their alleged captors in an investigation that spanned several states.
Weston has been jailed since then and pleaded not guilty to related state charges. Her lawyer, George Yacoubian, said Wednesday that federal prosecutors had “over-reached for effect” with the new charges and that Weston maintains her innocence.
The 150-page grand jury indictment describes Weston as the ringleader of a “family” that included her daughter and three men who prosecutors say helped control and subjugate the victims.
Weston used “cunning, trickery, force and coercion” to get mentally disabled people to designate her as their caretaker, allowing her to illegally collect about $212,000 in Social Security payments over 10 years, Memeger said.
In all, authorities allege six disabled adults and four children were held captive in “subhuman” conditions in basements, attics and closets at various times between 2001 and 2011. The victims were often drugged, deprived of food and medical care, and forced to use buckets for bathrooms, officials said.
The victims’ diminished mental capacity, coupled with the fact that Weston continually moved the family to elude law enforcement, meant that “escape for these individuals seemed impossible,” Memeger said.
Weston forced two female victims into prostitution to earn more money for the family when they lived in Texas and Florida, authorities said.
Two other women died while living with Weston, leading to murder charges that make her eligible for the death penalty. Memeger said prosecutors are weighing whether to pursue it.
Maxine Lee, a disabled Philadelphia woman, died of meningitis and starvation while living with Weston in Virginia in 2008, authorities said. Another woman identified in court papers as D.S. died in Philadelphia in 2005 after prosecutors said Weston fed her drug-laced food while keeping her captive in a laundry room. Weston staged the death to look like an overdose, authorities said.
Weston already has served time for the starvation death of a man she locked in her Philadelphia apartment nearly three decades ago.
Others charged in the indictment unsealed Wednesday are Weston’s daughter, Jean McIntosh, 33, of Philadelphia; Gregory Thomas Sr., 49, of Philadelphia; Eddie Wright, 52, of Killeen, Texas; and Nicklaus Woodard, 26, of West Palm Beach, Fla.
McIntosh, Thomas and Wright had already been named as co-defendants in the state case against Weston. Jury selection for that trial was scheduled to start Monday, but the Philadelphia district attorney’s office said it will withdraw all charges in light of the federal indictment.
Woodard is a new defendant in the case who Memeger said was arrested in Florida on Wednesday morning. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.