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New details in capture of alleged South Dallas serial rapist

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Arrest warrants affidavits reveal disturbing details about a South Dallas crime watch captain accused of being a serial rapist.

According to the affidavits, DNA links Van Dralan Dixson, 39, to four rapes.

One happened in late June, when a woman was walking near an abandoned house. In late August, police say Dixson raped two women during the same attack.

Ten days later, police say Dixson attacked a woman who was walking to a DART station with her two children. Dixson is accused of waving a gun at the children before telling them to go away.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown says in a police interview Wednesday night, Dixson made a statement linking him to one of the pending DNA cases and alluded to knowledge of another.

Chief Brown also responded to critics who say the general public was not notified early enough about a rapist on the loose.

He says he knew an alert could bring more victims forward, but it would likely lead to a number of false tips and alert the suspect. Chief Brown says all of those predictions came true.

"You don't see many real serial rapists the way he - his method of operation [was] classic, textbook," Chief Brown said. [He] lives in the neighborhood, everyone knows him, doesn't suspect him, he has a pattern - a clear pattern, certain hours of the day."

The police chief also said he knew early on it would be difficult to pinpoint a suspect based on the limited amount of evidence and witness descriptions. Chief Brown says the key piece of evidence, was Dixson's oval, gold-rimmed glasses.

"There was never going to be an eyewitness identification and he was not in the national DNA database," Chief Brown said. "If you alerted him too early, he's gone and he starts up in another neighborhood and you start over again."

Last Wednesday, a tip came in about Dixson. Police found him, interviewed him for two hours, then gave him a DNA swab. At that point they had no evidence to arrest him.

Two days later, Dixson's employer notified police he hadn't been at work for two days, and Dixson's aunt said he'd left his children with her.

U.S. Marshals tracked Dixson down from the Greyhound bus station in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to a nearby hotel where they arrested him.

Thursday night Chief Brown admitted he wished he had assigned officers to watch Dixson's whereabouts so they could've possibly kept him from running.

"He is someone that terrorizes neighborhoods," Chief Brown said.

Police say a total of nine attacks happened between June 22 and September 1. Two victims reported the crimes, but never came forward to give DNA samples. Another reported too long after to get a sample.

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