Arrest warrant issued for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki

According to court documents filed in Dakota County, an arrest warrant was issued for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki because she failed to “maintain contact with probation” and she failed “to notify probation within 72 hours of any change in address, employment, and phone number.”

Grazzini-Rucki was released from jail last week, finishing the first portion of her jail sentence which will continue over the next six years. Below is the order from Dakota County granting the request for a warrant to be issued for Grazzini-Rucki’s arrest.


In July, Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty on six counts of deprivation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The sisters ran from their home on April 19, 2013 during a custody and divorce proceeding involving their parents.

The girls’ father, David Rucki, was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing.

On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department. Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him at the family’s home in Lakeville.

Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney issued warning saying Grazzini-Rucki had “no intentions to comply with probation”

Last month, Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal defense attorney issued a blunt warning which said his client has “no intentions to comply with probation,” after her request was denied by a judge which would have allowed Grazzini-Rucki to serve more time in jail instead of probation.

Stephen Grigsby, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki's criminal defense attorney
Stephen Grigsby, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal defense attorney

Judge Karen Asphaug denied a request by Sandra Grazzini-Rucki to serve her full sentence in prison, which would have allowed Grazzini-Rucki to avoid being on probation for the next six years. Grazzini-Rucki made the request to execute her sentence within hours of her sentencing hearing on September 21, 2016.

Stephen Grigsby, Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal defense was quoted by the Star Tribune in October saying that “[Grazzini-Rucki] has no intentions to comply with probation.”

Rucki family concerned for their safety

In an interview last week, a member of the Rucki family expressed concerned for their safety based on Grazzini-Rucki’s past behavior, and also because of comments made by Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney which forewarned trouble ahead from Grazzini-Rucki.

If you have any information pertaining to the location of Grazzini-Rucki, please call the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office at 651-438-TIPS.

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