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For Immediate Release

July 10, 2021 Darren Lane, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Missouri - Springfield (417) 851-5273;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Rape Suspect Arrested in Springfield

Springfield, MO – U.S. Marshals and Springfield Police detectives arrested a Springfield man on Friday for charges stemming from an armed rape earlier this month.

On July 2nd, Greene County prosecutors charged Deshields Dixon, age 29 of Springfield, with multiple crimes including Rape, Robbery, and Armed Criminal Action. Dixon’s charges derive from the armed rape of a Springfield woman earlier this month, in a case investigated by the Springfield Police Department.

The U.S. Marshals Service-Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force joined the hunt for Dixon on July 6th. Clues led task force investigators to an apartment near National and Cherry streets in Springfield. On Friday evening, Marshals Service investigators along with detectives from the Springfield Police-Special Investigations Unit took Dixon into custody without incident. Officers booked Dixon into the Greene County Jail on Friday evening pending initial court hearings in the matter.

“This case was a priority for the Marshals Service,” said Mark James, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri. “Dixon is a predator, and Springfield is a safer place to live with him behind bars.”
The U.S. Marshals Midwest Violent Fugitive Task Force—Springfield Division, partners with members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Police Department, and the Billings Police Department. The mission of U.S. Marshals Service fugitive programs is to find and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, drug offenses, sex offenders, and other serious felonies. To accomplish this mission, the U.S. Marshals Service partners with local law enforcement agencies in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as many foreign countries.

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