Man claims to be 'Twilight' actor to lure teen

Newton, Iowa (CNN) -- April Roush thought this was the day her daughter would die.

"I don't think I would have ever seen my daughter again. And if so, it would be to bury her," she says.

Police say Roush's 14-year old daughter, who lives here in Baxter, Iowa, was lured into a car by a suspect police are refusing to name.

We're not releasing the girl's name because of her age, but her mother says the suspect told her daughter he starred in the movie "Twilight," and started communicating with her through social media. Today, police say, he came to Baxter to pick the teen up at her home.

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

"This gentleman had met her previously in Newton and has talked to her. He got on facebook with her. They were communicating on Facebook. And through Facebook, he came up here to Baxter to meet with her. 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," says Baxtor Police Chief Steve Wright.

The alleged victim's family says the suspect came to their home to pick up the teen and even posed for photos with the teen's sister. The teen's sister told her mother, who called police and several friends. One of those friends spotted the suspect's car.

"My girlfriend seen 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," Roush says.

The suspect took off, but police eventually caught up with him.

The victim's family tells WHO-TV they're surprised. They say they never thought the 14-year-old would fall for a ruse like this.

"She said she didn't know what to do. She was looking around and everything and, why would you get in the car? You know, he got her in there so you can do that to a 14-year-old. You can do that to young kids," says grandmother Trena McKenzie.

"This individual messed with your head. That's what grown men do to seek out little girls. And at 14 years old I thought my daughter knew better, but that just goes to show we still have a lot to teach them at 14," Roush says.

Roush says she learned a lot too.

"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."


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