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Dallas Serial Rape Case: Van Dralan Dixson, suspect in 4 of 9 reported sexual assaults, captured in La.

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Updated 4:55 p.m. EST

(CBS) DALLAS - Van Dralan Dixson, a man who was being sought in connection with a string of rapes in South Dallas, was taken into custody in Baton Rouge, La. Tuesday afternoon, Dallas police confirmed.

Maj. Jeff Cotner of the Dallas Police Dept. said in a press conference Tuesday that Dixson was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshalls Middle Louisiana Task Force at a motel near downtown Baton Rouge. He said the 38-year-old is currently being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

Cotner said that Dallas Police developed information yesterday that indicated Dixson was out of state.

"There was contact between Dixson and individuals in Dallas and that's what led us to find him," Cotner said.

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Dallas Police Dept. Chief David Brown said authorities plan to transfer Dixson back to Dallas where he will be interviewed. He said authorities are working to develop a "full comprehensive chronology" of the case and that a news conference will be held Wednesday morning to discuss more details surrounding the arrest.

On Monday evening, police confirmed DNA evidence linked Dixson to four of the nine sexual assaults alleged since June in the Fair Park area. Authorities are still waiting for the laboratory results to come back on the remaining five attacks.

Police reportedly asked to question Dixson in connection with the rape investigation last week and he had not been seen since. He reportedly told a neighbor he had given a DNA sample he believed would clear his name, instead it wound up linking him to the crimes.

Dixson volunteered to be neighborhood crime watch block captain in January, Alenda Lyons, President of the Mill City Community Association in Dallas, told CBS News' Crimesider on Monday.

"It's time to draw the line against crime. Let's clean up all the trash and make Mill City look like a neighborhood that we can all be proud to call our own," Dixson wrote in an August newsletter released by the Mill City Community Association.

The group does not perform background checks on volunteers and therefore she was unaware of Dixson's extensive criminal record. He had previously been arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, evading arrest and resisting arrest. In 1992, he was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault and making a terroristic threat, but those cases were dismissed.

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