Dallas Police Detail Van Dralan Dixson's Alleged Rapes and the Manhunt That Followed

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Van Dralan Dixson
The first attack began as a robbery, turned into a carjacking, and ended in sexual assault and arson.

Police say that Van Dralan Dixson approached a man as he stepped behind a South Dallas building to take a leak at about 4:45 on the morning of June 22. After the man handed over his money and ran away, Dixson took his car and the woman inside. He allegedly raped her inside the car, then set it on fire.

The eight sexual assaults Dixson is suspected of committing in the area around Fair Park over the next two-and-a-half months -- four of them so far linked to him by DNA evidence -- followed a different pattern, according to details released by police Wednesday evening.

See also: Van Dralan Dixson, South Dallas Serial Rape Suspect, Arrested in Louisiana

In each case, Dixson would approach a woman on the street in early hours of the morning, between about 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., then force her to perform oral sex while he held a gun at her head. Sometimes he would demand money first. In one case, the victim was with her two children, ages 15 and 9, before the kids were shooed away. In another, there were two women.

Police announced Dixson as a suspect on September 5. They arrested him at the Alamo Plaza Motel in Baton Rouge after a five-day manhunt.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Louisiana prosecutors suspect he arrived at the motel, a two-mile walk from the Greyhound station, because he'd run out of money. He paid for two nights at the motel, then asked to do odd jobs to pay for additional nights.

See also: Police Search for Van Dralan Dixson, a Neighborhood Watch Volunteer Turned Serial Rape Suspect

Dallas police released the new details, including a timeline summarizing the attacks and the department's response (see below), as they continue to deflect criticism that they acted too slowly.

"I chose the best path that gave us the best chance to arrest, charge and prosecute the suspect," Brown said at a news conference Wednesday evening. "Pick your poison. ... damned if you do, damned if you don't."

For the moment, Dixson remains in a Baton Rouge jail on a $5 million bond. He is expected to be extradited to Dallas soon, where he will face sexual assault charges. The last time that happened to Dixson, two decades ago, the victim was struck by lightning and died before he could go to trial, according to CBS 11.


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lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

This guy will now have done to him in the slammer, what he has been doing in the neighborhood! He'll now be able to have fun playing house - unfortunately -- he'll be the wife! He is getting off lucky - if Charles Bronson had been the area vigilante - Dixson wouldnt make it to prison even!

Byron Stansberry
Byron Stansberry

Zimmerman, Van Dralan, never trust these "Community Watch Leader" ASSHOLES!! DEATH TO BOTH OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

celebratemybuttsex
celebratemybuttsex

Why do black men commit such an astoundingly disproportionate amount of rapes?

Roland Rangel
Roland Rangel

May the Lord have mercy on his soul but let justice prevail.

Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green

As I listened to the comments issued by Chief Brown, I am appalled at the excuses Chief Brown presented in justifying his ineffective leadership in the handling of this investigation. First, the Chief's administration consistently dropped the ball involving cases where women have been assaulted; case files never submitted to the DA's office. Secondly, in comparison to the incidents that took place in the Richland College area of North Dallas, the first case generated news within the community leaders and citizens. What is evident in the investigation in South Dallas is that, DPD viewed the crimes against African American women with less urgency as Anglo Women in North Dallas. Also, this individual resided in the community, his method of operation was not strategic at all. In fact, one would guesstimate it would've been much easier to identify this individual primarily because of his "glasses", according to Chief Brown. In addition, Mayor Mike Rawlings voiced his support for Chief Brown's dept. and how this investigation was handled". The voice of support shows unacceptable leadership from both sides. Internal communication was not consistent from within from the onset of this investigation. Chief Brown the organizational leader of DPD should have been at the forefront, and not subordinates. It was internal DPD subordinates that rush to judgment in identifying and naming an innocent man as a person of interest. This is devastating, and damages this innocent individual career, social status, and relationships. A serious case such as this one that had a social impact upon the community; the fear of a rapist running free, news that he was released pending DNA tests, further angered this community, in addition to the news that DPD delayed notifying citizens that a serial rapist was on the loose. This is ineffective leadership. Keep in mind, Mayor Mike Rawlings addressed this City with a focus on curbing violence against women, yet he supported the ineffectiveness of Chief Brown's leadership. Mayor Rawlings should be held accountable along with the Chief in how these events unfolded. Mayor Rawlings should hold Chief Brown accountable for the ineptness in concluding the ethical principles he cited in delaying notifying the community in South Dallas, and the bungled cases where women were assaulted and the cases not filed. This is a major flaw in accountability, and the resolution from the City and DPD has been excuses towards amending Chief Brown's mistakes. I am now left pondering how serious Mayor Rawlings was in stopping the violence against women when this City is seeing mixed messages of communication from DPD and the Mayor. This City deserves better leadership, effective leadership that controls the internal flow of communication to the public, and ensures that all citizens are policed fairly. Chief Brown should resign, and the City should look hard at Mike Rawlings style of leadership in the next election.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

well lets hope lightning doesnt strike twice

quinnderella
quinnderella

@Roland Rangel Justice would be zero mercy on his soul.  Stop coddling rapists.


CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Oh, and these minor details from the article itself:

"The results of the current study should be interpreted with caution in light of a number of limitations that need to be addressed in replication studies. First, the measures of psychopathic personality traits, ever arrested, and ever incarcerated were based on self-reports, not official data. Although self-reports have been shown to be reliable and valid instruments for assessing antisocial phenotypes (Krueger et al., 1994; Sutton, 2010), it is possible that official crime data would have produced differing results. Second, the measures of criminal justice outcomes did not delineate between different types of offenders, such as violent predatory offenders versus non-violent property offenders. Perhaps the 2-repeat allele would have varying effects on different subcategories of offenders.

Third, the sample analyzed in the current study is the same as the one analyzed in Guo et al.’s (2008) study. While we examined different outcome measures and focused only on African-American males, it is important that future studies estimate the association between the 2-repeat allele and antisocial phenotypes in other samples. Last, although the frequency of the 2-repeat allele is similar to prior research, only about 5% of the final analytical sample carried the 2-repeat allele. Future research needs to examine much larger samples in order to include more 2-repeat allele carriers.

Until these limitations are addressed, it would be premature to hypothesize how the 2-repeat allele may impact criminal activity patterns in society.

HappyHooker
HappyHooker

@CogitoErgoSum -I think it’s preposterous to simultaneously claim to believe in evolution while insisting we all somehow wound up equal. As a believer that the evolutionary process is real and ongoing, I believe their sub-Saharan ancestry may have lent them certain physical advantages and certain cognitive disadvantages.

I know. Horrible, isn’t it? How could anyone in this day and age, after all we’ve been through as a society, believe in what all the evidence suggests and zero evidence disproves? HATE must be the answer; logic has nothing to do with it. Only the unenlightened don’t realize this.

I hold this truth to be self-evident: No one is created equal. I also realize that this self-evident truth is so heretical these days, people want to kill you merely for expressing it.

Equality is our modern religion, the glue that holds our shaky social coalition together, and it is never to be questioned. The notion of innate blank-slate human equality must be supported with torch mobs and moral panics and mass delusions and speech codes, because there’s nothing—not a shred—in science or logic to support it.

Egalitarianism cannot operate like a science, because there is nothing scientific about it. Since it goes against human nature and biological reality, it eventually must depend on totalitarian tactics in order to sustain itself. In the philosophical realm, it is not supported by logic, so it must operate like a religion instead.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

It takes a really special kind of stupid to accuse someone of not reading something that you didn't actually read yourself.

Way to go, CogitoErgoDumb! Come back and prove how naive, uninformed, and blind-faithey dogmatic you are some more! This is great!

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

Hey, Cogito Ergo DUMB, where'd you go?

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

"The effects of the 2-repeat allele could not be examined in Caucasian males because only 0.1% carried it."

WHO DIDN'T READ THE ABSTRACT AGAIN, Naive little lamb?

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

Naive little faith-based "progressive" religious cult lamb.

"The effects of the 2-repeat allele could not be examined in Caucasian males because only 0.1% carried it."

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

" The effects of the 2-repeat allele could not be examined in Caucasian males because only 0.1% carried it."

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

Maybe you didn't notice the part about how the 2-repeat allele essentially doesn't exist in white males.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@yrlibsnaivePoor kid. Did you read the abstract? It indicates that this study only compares African Americans with and without the 2-repeat allele, as well as the finding that those with it exhibited more antisocial behavior. There's no comparison between blacks and other races. Keep trying to justify your racism with science.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@yrlibsnaive Please provide a link to a peer-reviewed article supporting your specious claims, silly racist.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

That's a pretty funny way to admit that you actually do accept the fact that blacks commit an extremely disproportionate amount of rapes. So you do accept that fact, apparently, but you just blame whitey. Typical.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

Go look up the effects of the 2-repeat allele and the 3-repeat allele, and their widely varying frequency among ethnic groups, (especially the 2-repeat allele!) and get back to me after you have a good cry because your faith-based belief in across-the-board blank-slate human bioequality has been destroyed.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

Oh hey look, you are naive and wrong again.

" as if there's something in their genetics that predisposes them to crime."

Unfortunately for your naive faith-based liberal dogma, there actually is something (somethings, really) in black genetics that predisposes them to violence

One of them is called the 2-repeat allele. Another one is called the 3-repeat allele.

Sorry to destroy your naive cult dogma again.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

I apologize, I do realize that the term "naive liberal" is redundant.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@yrlibsnaive Actually, genius, the link shows that 52% of those convicted and imprisoned are white. As we all know, there is a de facto bias in the judicial system agains black and Hispanic defendants. This means that whites are less likely to be convicted of the crime. Of course you would ignore inconvenient facts like that. Here's a citation to my point. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/s15324834basp0301_2#.UjNyqcZavuQ

You also clearly like to ignore other socio-economic factors, i.e. blacks, on average, are much more likely to be uneducated and poor -- two crucial risk factors contributing to criminality.

All you care to do is take the typical simple-minded, nuance-free tack to social ills and say that because they are black, they are more likely to be criminals, as if there's something in their genetics that predisposes them to crime. You are another racist asshat.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

Also, since blacks make up only 13% of the country's population, and since over 50% of all murders and at least 43% of all rapes here are committed by blacks, can you possibly imagine how even more horrible and disproportionate the crime stats for blacks would be if blacks made up 30% or even 20% of the USA, instead of the measly 13% they make up now?

Sorry to disturb your naive faith-based liberal progressive cult dogma with... you know.... ACTUAL FACTS.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

Whatever you do, don't look at rape stats from Africa if you want to maintain your stereotypical white liberal naïveté.

yrlibsnaive
yrlibsnaive

HAW HAW AHAW Haw. WOW!!!!  

I knew that white liberals are NAIVE (otherwise they wouldn't be liberals) but you win the Naive White Liberal grand prize.   Your link proves buttsex's point.  You are obviously too dumb or naive to understand stats. 

Your link shows that whites committed 52% of rapes in the USA and that blacks committed 43%.  

Since you are a stereotypical naive liberal, you probably believe that the USA is about 50/50 black/white.  A lot of naive liberals believe this.  

Unfortunately for the point you were trying to make, the USA is almost 80% white and only 13% black.  

Can you understand what those numbers mean when considered alongside the numbers from that FBI stat link you posted?

Please display some more typical liberal naïveté.  This is awesome.  

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