Suspect in four Dallas-area rapes captured
A crime watch volunteer who police say has been connected by DNA to at least four sexual assaults in a South Dallas neighborhood in the past two months has been captured in Louisiana.
Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Van Dixson was captured in Baton Rouge.
Federal agents assisted city police in the manhunt, and police interviewed friends, family, and associates for clues to Dixson's whereabouts. However, it was not clear as of Tuesday afternoon how Dixson was ultimately found.
Three arrest warrants issued Monday and another on Saturday charge Dixson with aggravated sexual assault in four attacks in Fair Park, southeast of downtown Dallas.
Dixson has been part of the area's neighborhood crime-watch group, the Mill City Community Association, since January. The group's president, Alendra Lyons, didn't return messages Monday from The Associated Press.
The group said Dixson's duties were limited to telling neighbors about the association, not patrolling at night. Neighbors told The Dallas Morning News that he was referred to as "neighborhood watch," and it seemed he was patrolling the area almost every night.
State criminal records show Dixson was arrested and convicted of aggravated robbery in 1993. He was also arrested as recently as last month on a deadly conduct charge, according to Dallas County records.
Authorities say they believe one man is responsible for the nine sexual assaults that have been reported in the Fair Park area since June. In each incident, the attacker approached his victims in the early morning hours, forced them to secluded areas nearby, then robbed and sexually assaulted them. Dallas police said Monday night that DNA evidence linked Dixson, 38, to four of the sexual assaults.
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