Judge sets bond at $5 million for accused serial rapist

Van Dixson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Van Dixson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge district judge set bond for an accused serial rapist from the Dallas area at $5 million.

Judge Chip Moore handed down the bond for Van Dixson, 38, during a hearing Wednesday morning. An extradition hearing will be held Thursday or Friday.

Dixson was arrested in Baton Rouge Tuesday afternoon by US marshals and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison early Wednesday morning after being questioned at Louisiana State Police Headquarters for several hours.

The suspect was silent as he was walked out of the headquarters building around 2:20 a.m.

The Dallas Police Department said Dixson was linked by DNA to four of the nine rapes reported in a Dallas-area park since June.

Dallas officials were tipped off Tuesday that Dixson had taken a bus to Baton Rouge.

From there, US marshals were able to track him to a motel and arrest him.

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