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Fair Park rape suspect Dixson arrested

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A man wanted for the south Dallas serial rapes is awaiting extradition to Dallas from Louisiana.

Federal law enforcement officials arrested Van Dralan Dixson at about 2 p.m. Tuesday at a Baton Rouge motel.

Police began searching for Dixson on Saturday. Since then, DNA has linked him to at least four of nine rape cases.

U.S. Marshals reportedly got a tip he'd taken a Greyhound bus. Witnesses at the bus station told them Dixson was staying at the nearby Alamo Plaza Motel.

The Dallas Police Department was congratulated during a city council meeting Wednesday for tracking down the suspect.

Councilman Jerry Allen told Chief David Brown, "You always get your man."

"Tell your men and women in blue thank you for getting the accused serial rapist," Mayor Mike Rawlings added.

Investigators believe Dixson committed the attacks on June 30, August 20 with two victims and on August 30. They all took place in the Fair Park area.

Women of the Fair Park area said they are relieved Dixson is in police custody.

"I was excited, I ran outside and I was looking for someone to tell someone," said Bridgett Ross, Owner of La' Ruth Creations Hair Salon.

Police said they talked to Dixson and took his DNA last week but did not arrest him because they didn't have the evidence to take him into custody. When they tried to question him again on Friday he was gone.

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

His gray 2003 Saturn was found in a Garland parking lot. Victims in the case had reported their attacker driving a gray four-door sedan.

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

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