Serial rape suspect leaves EBR Parish Prison headed back to Dallas

Van Dixson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Prison)
Van Dixson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Prison)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man suspected in several rapes in Dallas is out of a Baton Rouge jail and headed back to Texas to face charges.

Van Dixson, 38, was led out of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and into a Dallas Police Department unit Thursday morning. He left just before 9 a.m.

Last Thursday, Dixson signed the necessary paperwork allowing him to be extradited back to Texas after he was arrested on September 10. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison early Wednesday morning after being questioned at Louisiana State Police Headquarters for several hours.

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.

Even though the US Marshal's Office did not get the call until Monday about Dixson being in Baton Rouge, officials said he had been in the city for a few days. The Baton Rouge Police Department and East Baton Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating what led Dixson to the state capital.

Dixson was a crime-watch volunteer in an inner-city neighborhood in Dallas. Four arrest warrants have been issued charging him with sexual assault. The arrest warrants were issued after police said DNA test results linked him to four attacks in the Fair Park neighborhood southeast of downtown Dallas.

US Marshals Task Force received a tip around 2:15 p.m. that Dixson was traveling by bus and could be at the bus station on Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Witnesses at the bus station told federal marshals that Dixson was going to look for a motel room and agents found him at a motel on Florida Boulevard.

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