"Movie star" abduction attempt

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POSTED: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 8:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 8:09am

Man claiming to be a Hollywood movie star on social media accused of running away with 14-year-old Iowa girl. Aaron Brilbeck reports.

(WHO) Police in Baxter, Iowa have arrested a California man after they say he lured a 14-year-old girl into his car.

Police said 33-year-old David Lavera had been communicating with the teen on social media. The victim's mother said the man told her daughter he was an actor from the movie "Twilight".

"This gentleman had met her previously in Newton and had talked to her. He got on Facebook with her. They were communicating on Facebook, and through that Facebook he came up here to Baxter to meet with her," Baxter Police Chief Steve Wright said. "This isn't somebody that just wants to be friends. And typically this is the kind of person that meets a profile of somebody that can be a predator and can be dangerous."

The victim's family said Lavera came to their home to pick up the teen. The teen's sister told her mother, who called police and several friends. One of those friends spotted the suspect's car.

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