DALLAS (AP) — A crime watch volunteer suspected in a series of sexual assaults in his south Dallas neighborhood told detectives he felt bad about two of the attacks but not others because they were prostitution deals gone wrong, according to police records.
Van Dralan Dixson, 38, made his confession to Dallas detectives in Baton Rouge, La., after his Sept. 10 arrest there, the Dallas Morning News reported (http://dallasne.ws/18VdMEJ ), citing the police records.
Dixson is charged with aggravated sexual assault in five attacks and is suspected in four others in his neighborhood since late June. It was unclear from the records how many attacks he was referring to as prostitution deals gone wrong, and Officer Juan Fernandez, a police spokesman, said he didn't know how many.
Dixson was extradited to Dallas last week and remained jailed Tuesday on more than $5 million bond. Dixson's attorney, Kenneth Weatherspoon, didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.
"These are two that affect me," Dixson told detectives, referring to the rape of one woman as she walked home from work and another as she walked to a bus stop with her two children.
Authorities filed the fifth sexual assault case on Friday — the Sept. 1 attack on a 25-year-old woman who was walking home from work. Police couldn't link Dixson to that attack through DNA testing, but records indicate his statements provided enough reason to charge him in the attack.
In that attack, the woman was walking home from her job at a fast food restaurant shortly after 4 a.m. when a gunman accosted her, hit her with the gun and raped her, records show. After the assault, the gunman fled with her cellphone, money and food.
Two days after the assault, Dallas police alerted the public that there was a serial rapist in the Fair Park area.
On Sept. 4, police got a tip about Dixson and he voluntarily talked to detectives and provided a DNA sample. But soon after, he disappeared. On Sept. 7, police received the first DNA test result linking him to one of the attacks. Police soon received three more DNA test results connecting him to the rapes.
Police did not find any handguns when they searched Dixson's home and car, but his ex-wife gave them receipts and instruction manuals for two guns. One of the weapons matched victims' description of a gun used in the attacks. Dixson's employer also told police that Dixson brought a gun to work that matched that description.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com