Neighborhood Watch Captain, Van Dralan Dixson; DNA Matches one of the Nine Rapes In Dallas Texas

September 9, 2013 Dallas Texas (WFAA) – When police asked to talk to Van Dralan Dixson about a series of rapes in his neighborhood, the crime watch block captain agreed without hesitation.

Afterward, he told a South Dallas neighbor that police had taken a DNA sample from him that he believed would clear his name.

He hasn’t been seen since.

Police have announced that his DNA matches evidence from one of nine rapes between June 22 and Sept. 1 near Fair Park. On Sunday, his 2003 Saturn, which is similar to a car victims have described seeing, was found abandoned in Garland. Dallas police said in a statement Sunday night that “the circumstances of the impounded vehicle are part of the ongoing investigation.”

Neighbors were stunned that Dixson had been named as a suspect in the assaults after he spoke to detectives Wednesday.

Several said he’d told them about the attacks and that his information came from Mill City Community Association crime watch meetings.

But association president Alendra Lyons said the rapes weren’t discussed at the meetings.

Several neighbors said Dixson patrolled the area at night several times a week while armed, but Lyons said patrols were outside of his duties for the crime watch, which he joined in January.

“His responsibility was to go around and make people aware of the association,” she said.

All the attacks happened between midnight and 6 a.m.

Lyons said she had been unaware Dixson had an extensive criminal record in Dallas County.

In 1992, he was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault and making a terroristic threat, but those cases were dismissed. He also had been arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, evading arrest and resisting arrest.

Dixson’s name — among others — came up almost immediately in the investigation, police say.

Patrol officers went to Dixson’s home Wednesday — the day after police announced there was a serial rapist in the area — to ask him to talk with detectives.

When they returned after his DNA had been matched, they found the house in the 4700 block of Baldwin Street cleared out.

Dixson, a divorced father of four, had left the three children who were living with him at his sister’s home before he disappeared.

Dixson’s former mother-in-law said he was “a dedicated father” who took his children to church and football and cheerleading practices.

But she said he also had a violent temper.

“Sometimes he would go and turn into a madman,” Dorothy Fields said. “He couldn’t control himself.”

A youth minister at Dixson’s church, Kym Montgomery, also said Dixson was often angry, especially with his ex-wife’s relatives whom he accused of stirring up trouble and making false accusations.

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