Court grants restraining order against Dede Evavold

A court in Dakota County has found that “an immediate and present danger of harassment” by Dede Evavold exists to warrant the granting of a Harassment Restraining Order requested by David Rucki and his daughter, Samantha Rucki, against Evavold.

Evavold was convicted last September of six felonies for her role in the disappearance of Samantha Rucki and her sister Gianna, who were abducted near their home on Lakeville by their mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, during a custody and divorce proceeding.

Since being released from jail in January, Evavold has continued to harass and target the Rucki family in her use of social media, including posting pictures of the Rucki family and their home in Lakeville.

The Harassment Restraining Order requested by David Rucki and Samantha Rucki also protects Gianna Rucki and two other minor Rucki children from being harassed by Evavold.

According to court documents, the Harassment Restraining Order against Evavold is in effect until July 27, 2019.

Court orders there is an “immediate and present danger of harassment to justify temporary relief”

In the order on July 28, 2017 granting the Harassment Restraining Order against Evavold, the court found “there is an immediate and present danger of harassment to justify temporary relief.” The court further found that there are “reasonable  grounds to believe that [Evavold] has harassed [David Rucki and Samantha Rucki] (or minor children included in the petition)…”

Specifically, the court found that Evavold “made threats” to David Rucki and Samantha Rucki, and that “the harassment has had or is intended to have a substantial adverse effect on [David Rucki and Samantha Rucki’s] safety, security, or privacy.

Evavold is prohibited from having any “direct or indirect contact” with David Rucki, Samantha and Gianna Rucki, and two other minor Rucki children. Evavold is also prohibited from naming “any member of the Rucki family in any blog posting, social media posting, or internet posting.”

Evavold sent threatening letter from jail; family claims she has an “undiagnosed mental illness”

While in jail, Evavold sent a letter to court staff which containing numerous threats targeted at public officials in Dakota County.

In a handwritten letter dated October 17, 2016, Evavold wrote “that from jail, I can use the truth” to “completely destroy [the] blackened reputation” of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and elected officials from Dakota County.

Evavold lives in St. Cloud with her husband Darin and their two children. Evavold’s husband was in the courtroom for her sentencing, as were other members of Evavold’s family.

Her family did not attend the criminal trial.

Evavold’s sister wrote a letter to the court claiming that Evavold has an “undiagnosed mental illness.”

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