Posing As 'Twilight' Actor, Man Kidnaps Girl – And She Still Believes Him, Mom Says

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An actor decided to play the part of a “Twilight” series star, but he committed a crime in the process, authorities say.

Police are searching for David A. LaVera, of San Diego, Calif., saying he allegedly abducted a 14-year-old girl in Iowa Tuesday after telling her that he was on the “Twilight” series.

Her mother, April Roush, said the man traveled to the girl's home and lured her into a car.

"My daughter still believes he's a movie star and doesn't understand what all this fuss is about," Roush told ABC News.

LaVera, who faces charges of enticing a minor, carrying weapons and a failure to have a valid driver's license, apparently visited two local schools before approaching the girl.

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According to Special Agent Michael Motsinger, a student had asked a teacher to let LaVera speak in the school district, and he visited the two schools.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says it received a report of a kidnapping shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. A caller identified as a relative of the girl told police that a man took her after saying he was an actor in the popular TV series.

The girl's friends and relatives spotted the vehicle in Baxter, a small city 33 miles northeast of Des Moines, and told the driver to stop.

On his Twitter and Facebook pages, LaVera, 33, describes himself as an extreme sports athlete, action actor and producer.

The Newton Daily News reported that a woman named Krystal Hughson had commented on its Facebook page that her daughter, a student at the same school the 14-year-old was abducted from, brought home an autograph from LaVera.

The newspaper also said that LaVera had “a prior online relationship” with the victim.

“This gentleman had met her previously in Newton and had talked to her. He got on Facebook with her,” said Baxter Police Chief Steve Wright to WHO-TV. “They were communicating on Facebook. And through that Facebook, he came up here to Baxter to meet with her.”

“This isn’t somebody that just wants to be friends,” Wright said. “And typically this is the kind of person that meets a profile of somebody that can be a predator and can be dangerous.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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