Teacher Kidnaps 3 Students, Demands Fast Food

John Edward Maust pulls knife on three 17-year-olds, police say

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 9, 2014 4:40 PM CDT | Updated Jun 9, 2014 5:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – Three LA-area teenagers pulled over to greet their high school teacher standing on a curb Saturday night—but things got weird when he got in the car, KTLA reports. The driver agreed to give John Edward Maust, 34, a lift even though he seemed intoxicated, sheriff's officials said in a news release. As the ride progressed, Maust's conversation with the three 17-year-olds "caused the driver to become worried and therefore pull over," the release said. The students finally got out of the car, but Maust ordered them back in and demanded they go to Jack in the Box.

"Fearing for their well-being, the juveniles re-entered the car," the release said. Maust pulled a knife at that point, and one student was able to dial 911. Soon after, the suspect spotted a sheriff's helicopter flying overhead, so he told the driver to hit the brakes and ran out of the car. Yesterday he turned himself in at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, and now faces charges of criminal threats, false imprisonment, and kidnapping, NBC Los Angeles reports. "We are immensely saddened," said the president of Arroyo Pacific Academy, who described Maust as a "a long-term, well-respected faculty member." But, he added, "Our primary concern is for the well being and welfare of our students."

A Jack in the Box restaurant.
A Jack in the Box restaurant.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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