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Drunk teacher kidnaps 3 students at knifepoint and orders them to drive him to restaurant

By Mason White 1:25 PM June 10, 2014
John Edward Maust 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A teacher was arrested on charges of kidnapping after allegedly kidnapping three students at knifepoint and ordering them to drive him to a restaurant, police in California said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that the 34-year-old high school teacher abducted the three children on Saturday night.

The incident began when John Edward Maust, approached the three children, who were in the area of Genesha Avenue and East Mariposa Street. The students told police that they stopped for Maust, because he was a teacher at their school and he appeared to be drunk.

Maust asked for a ride and they agreed. At some point, Maust started saying things that caused them to fear for their safety.

They exited the vehicle. Maust ordered them back inside and said that he wanted to go to a Jack in the Box. The three students got back into the car.

Maust pulled out a knife and threatened them. During the kidnapping, one of the victims managed to call police.

When the teacher heard a police helicopter flying overhead he ordered the driver to stop. The teacher then got out of the car and fled from the scene.

Later, the suspect entered a sheriff station and surrendered without incident. Maust was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal threats.

He was booked into prison and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.