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Police: Kidnapping Suspect Claimed to Be Actor

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BAXTER, Iowa —A man is in jail after being arrested Tuesday on charges related to an attempted kidnapping.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a call Tuesday afternoon regarding the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl.

Relatives reported the kidnapping, saying an adult male approached the victim claiming he was an actor in the Twilight Saga Series.

Jasper County deputies spotted the suspect about 15 minutes after the initial kidnapping report was made. Police arrested David Lavera, 33, of San Diego.

Police say he and the girl began talking on Facebook and arranged to meet at a friend’s house. Not long after the 14-year-old willingly got into Lavera’s vehicle, a relative tracked him down within city limits and got her out.

Newton residents say they saw Lavera posing for photos in the town this past weekend, and an online profile indicates he is a stunt man.

A search of the vehicle uncovered two swords and other dagger-style weapons.

Lavera is charged with enticing of a minor, carrying weapons and failure to have a valid driver’s license.

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