Teacher Pulls Knife on Teens, Demands Ride to Burger Joint
A Southern California high school teacher is facing kidnapping charges after pulling a knife on a trio of students and demanding they drive him to a fast-food restaurant while he was apparently intoxicated, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The students were driving about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when they stopped to say hello to one of their teachers, 34-year-old John Edward Maust, whom they saw standing near Ganesha Avenue and East Mariposa Street in Altadena, sheriff's officials said in a press release.
Maust asked for a ride, and the 17-year-olds agreed. But during the trip, the driver became worried by their conversation with the teacher and pulled the car over, officials said.
"After the juveniles exited the car, the teacher said he wanted to go to Jack in the Box, and ordered the juveniles back into the car," sheriff’s officials said.
Maust pulled out a knife on the teens after they reluctantly re-entered the car, officials said.
One of the teens was able to call 911 during the drive. When Maust saw a sheriff’s department helicopter flying overhead, he bailed from the car and fled on foot, officials said.
On Sunday, Maust surrendered at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, where he was arrested without incident, officials said. He faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and criminal threats. He was being held on $100,000 bail.