Suspect's capture brings some relief to Dallas rape victim and her mom

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on September 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 1:35 AM

DALLAS — Hours after South Dallas serial rape suspect Van Dixson was apprehended at a motel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the mother of one of his alleged victims talked to News 8.

She said her daughter was too emotional to speak. "She was happy; she says, 'Momma, they caught him!'"

The victim was sexually assaulted on her way home from work on September 1. Her mother said she cries herself to sleep every night.

"I tell her we just have to pray on this."

There are new details emerging about what the Dixson is accused of doing to his victims.

An arrest affidavit states another victim and her children were approached by the suspect while walking to a DART station on August 30. The assailant pointed a gun at them and demanded money.

The mother "...told [her children] to go home and sit on the porch and wait, and told the suspect that they would not tell anyone. The victim stated that she was terrified the suspect would shoot them."

He then dragged her into an alley and raped her.

According to the affidavit, police were on to Van Dixson last Wednesday, and went to his home to talk to him.

At the time, police knew he matched the description of a man who had assaulted multiple women in the Fair Park area of Dallas. Detectives also had information that Dixson was involved in a recent deadly conduct case with a gun; he had been seen in a silver 2003 Saturn like some victims described; and lived within blocks off all of the attacks.

But Dallas police released Dixson and instead arrested Alan Mason, released his picture to the media and called him a "person of interest."

Mason is still in jail, but Dallas police say so far DNA links only Dixson to the series of rapes.

"I know there's a lot of questions of me of all of our decisions throughout this investigation," said Dallas police Chief David Brown.

The chief said some information was not released to the public because it would have interfered with the investigation. He promised to fill in the gaps in the chronology at a news conference scheduled for Wednesday.

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