Serial rape suspect signs extradition paperwork

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

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused in several Dallas, TX rapes has signed the paperwork allowing him to be extradited back to the Lone Star State.

Earlier, Van Dixson, 38, made his first Louisiana court appearance Thursday morning. He went before an official in the 19th Judicial District Court via teleconference.

Commissioner Quintillas Lawrence called Dixson up, but was told he was on lockdown, presumably for his own protection. When Dixson did appear, he told Lawrence he would not fight extradition.

"I ain't going to bond out," said Dixson. "I'm going to sign something showing that I am Van Dixson so I can get back to Texas."

Although it wasn't expected to happen until Friday, Dixson later signed the extradition waiver and will be taken back to Texas.

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 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.

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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