Nine sexual assaults later, Dallas suspect arrested in Louisiana

Posted at 6:34 PM, Sep 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-10 18:34:09-04

By Steve Almasy

(CNN) — A man suspected of nine sexual attacks on Dallas women was arrested Tuesday in Louisiana, a Dallas police official said.

Maj. Jeff Cotner told reporters that Van Dixson, 38, was taken into custody by marshals from the Middle Louisiana Task Force at a motel near downtown Baton Rouge.

“There was contact between Dixson and individuals here in Dallas and those things … allowed us to find him,” Cotner said at a news conference announcing the arrest.

In recent days, Dallas police have said DNA evidence links Dixson to four cases and they were waiting on samples to tie him to five other sexual assaults.

Police said they believe one person was responsible for nine attacks from June 22 through September 1. On Saturday, an arrest warrant was issued for Dixson.

All the victims were walking between midnight and 6 a.m. when an armed man forced them to nearby secluded areas. The victims were robbed and sexually assaulted.

Victims said the attacker covered his face with a mask or bandanna, CNN affiliate WFAA-TV reported over the weekend.

“I hope the citizens of Dallas are relieved, just as we are,” Cotner said. “We continue to do a lot of work … to tie this up … and bring Dixson back to Dallas.”

Dixson is being held at East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, Cotner said.

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