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Police: South Dallas serial rape suspect's DNA matches multiple cases

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Dallas police confirm DNA links the Fair Park rape suspect to at least four of the nine rape cases.

Van Dralan Dixson's DNA matched evidence from some of the attacks.

Police are still waiting on DNA results in two cases. The other three did not have any physical evidence to test. Investigators believe he committed the attacks on June 30th, August 20th with two victims and on August 30th. They all took place in the Fair Park area.

Police say they talked to Dixson and took his DNA last week but did not arrest him. They say they didn't have the evidence to take him into custody.

"He was brought to DPD headquarters and he was interviewed. Mr. Dixson at that time provided a DNA sample which is a swab. He also returned back to his residence with detectives where he allowed us to search his house and his vehicle," said Major Jeff Cotner with Dallas Police Department.

Neighbors said Dixson was part of their crime watch group. A neighbor who lives two doors down says Dixson would often carry a gun to patrol the streets. "About two weeks ago, he did inform me, he said, 'Hey Miss Tasha, did you know there are some women that have gotten raped around here?' I said, no, he said yeah, about five or six rapes and he was telling us the different areas they had happened and I kinda blew it off and didn't think anything of it," said Tasha Prince.

One victim's mother who does not want to be identified said this incident has traumatized her 34-year-old daughter. "I cant identify his face but there's other things I can identify about him," her daughter told her.

"She wants him arrested, she wants him dead. She's very confused. She's not the only person that I know and care about that he's attacked," said the victim's mother.

Dallas police are still searching for Dixson. They don't know if he's still in Dallas or left the area.

Police impounded his gray 2003 Saturn after finding it in a parking lot in Garland. Victims in the case had reported their attacker driving a gray four-door sedan.

Investigators spoke to family members about Dixson's whereabouts and spent hours looking through his belongings at his home. They learned that he left his children in relatives' care.

Court documents show Dixson has an extensive criminal history including convictions for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, evading arrest and resisting arrest.

Police have not commented on the arrest of another man who they called a person of interest in the case.

They also haven't said whether the sexual assault that was reported on Saturday morning on Peabody Avenue is connected to the case.

Residents in the south Dallas area are hoping police finally have the right man.

"It's a terrible thing to not feel safe in your own neighborhood. So hopefully they will hurry up and find him," said Dorothy Dunleavy.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS. A reward of up to $15,000 is available for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

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