Dallas Police Arrest Alan Mason, Their "Person of Interest" in South Dallas' Serial Rape Case
The Dallas and Arlington Police Departments have found Alan Mason, who they're calling a "person of interest" in the serial rapist case that's been haunting the Fair Park area this summer.
Mason's arrest comes after two more victims of sexual assault came forward this week. The most recent victim to talk to police said she was assaulted at the 2700 block of Morning Avenue on July 5. And police say the last reported attack was on August 28 in the 2600 block of 2nd Avenue.
Police have been criticized for not briefing the public on the attacks in South Dallas until the eighth victim came forward this week. Up until this point, no arrests have been made.
On September 5, the Dallas PD's Neighborhood Patrol Officers got an anonymous tip that Mason "needed to get out of town because he had done something wrong," the police said in a news release. The department adds that Mason already has a Dallas County warrant for a probation violation for DWI and "outstanding traffic tickets."
At about 3 this morning, the Dallas Police Department's Metro Task Force and Deployment Unit found Mason's car in Mesquite. They found Mason at his apartment complex in Arlington. Police say he was arrested without resistance for the warrants and has been taken to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning.
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