Van Dralan Dixson, South Dallas Serial Rape Suspect, Arrested in Louisiana [Updated]

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Van Dralan Dixson
Van Dralan Dixson, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of a string of rapes in South Dallas, was arrested in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, several local news outlets are reporting.

Police announced Dixson as a suspect over the weekend after DNA evidence linked him to one of the assaults. Subsequent DNA tests have since tied him to three more of the nine rapes he is suspected of.

More details to come.

Update 3:44 p.m.: At a brief press conference this afternoon, Dallas provided a few more details. Major Jeff Cotner told reporters that detectives developed information yesterday morning that eventually led to Dixson's arrest. He wouldn't specify what that information was, but said that "there was contact between Dixson and individuals in Dallas."

Investigators are still trying to figure out why Dixson fled to Louisiana. They hope to figure that out, and a lot more, once after they transport him back to Dallas from the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

With that, DPD ended the briefing, promising a more thorough account, along with a complete timeline, tomorrow.

Update at 4:06 p.m.: The Dallas Morning News has the grisly details of another sexual assault Dixson is suspected of, this one involving a woman who was walking to the DART station with her 15-year-old and 9-year-old children.

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lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Again, DPD was at major fault for delaying or not even publicizing the serial rapist! Doesnt matter if it is in North/South/East/West Dallas - after 3 or 4, the public should be notified. The Chief - BROWN, IS RESPONSIBLE, for this lack of responsibility and the city should be held liable and his job placed in jeopardy. Unlike the serial rapes, let's not wait for the 4th or 5th evidence of police negligence for the department to be held accountable for something! The victims, their families and the community should be outraged in this lack of protection and warning of potential dangers - especially if the information is there. The Chief has been hiding ever since!

ruddski
ruddski

It would be a travesty if a relative or spouse of one of the women he attacked were to by happenstance end up in close proximity to this piece of shit. Better still if one of the victims were armed.

Sara Elizabeth
Sara Elizabeth

I thought I read somewhere that he was possibly linked to 4 of the incidents???....no?

Todd_VW
Todd_VW

How many of these rapes could have been prevented if they were brought to light earlier?!

Guesty
Guesty

@Todd_VW Tell us exactly how they could have been brought to light earlier?  When were the details of each rape reported?  What information tied them together?  How long after this information was made available did the police put it together?  

I'm not saying it couldn't have been done, but I have yet to see anyone complaining about the delay explain the timeline of relevant events and what the police could have done differently.  Until I see that, I think it is wise to reserve judgment.  

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I believe he is tryin to say not all the victims were forthcoming.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

It's not a maybe. It's a fact.

When you have something to support your claim, get back to me.

Guesty
Guesty

@Sharon_Moreanus Maybe.  There was quite a bit of complaining that the DPD ignored these rapes for a while because they happened in South Dallas.  Terrible if true, but I haven't seen anything to support that complaint.  

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