BAXTER, Iowa – Baxter police have arrested a California man after they say he tried to lure 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.
"My girlfriend saw them coming off a gravel road pointing back into town, blocked them off, jumped out, stopped the vehicle with her own body, and told my daughter to get out of the car. Made her get in her vehicle," the victim’s mom, April Roush said.
The suspect took off but police eventually caught up with him.
Police initially arrested Lavera on a weapons charge and for driving without a license. An enticement charge has since been added.
The victim's mother said she learned a lot from the incident.
"Instagram, Facebook, there's a reason there's an age limit on these things and I think all of us parents need to enforce that. And not go, ‘oh well my daughter's so good I can trust her.’ Well so was my daughter and look what happened," Roush warned.
According to the IMBD, Lavera has been in at least 13 different movies including Die Fighting, Fortune 500 Man and he played a bit role in Indiana Jones and The Temple Of The Crystal Skull.
Online records show he also uses the alias Kiowa Gordon, who is an actor who starred in the Twilight Saga.