California teacher kidnaps three students at knifepoint

By Michelle Kapusta,

Three students in California were kidnapped at knifepoint by their teacher, who wanted a ride to a Jack in the Box.

According to the Associated Press, authorities said that John Edward Maust, allegedly kidnapped three of his students at knifepoint on Saturday and demanded they take him to the fast-food restaurant.

Investigators said that shortly after 9:30 p.m. the three juveniles, all 17, saw their teacher standing on the side of the road and stopped to say hello.

CBS LA reported that the teens said that they believed Maust was intoxicated and agreed to give him a ride, but once he got in the car he started saying irrational things. The driver actually pulled over and all three students exited the car.

Maust continued with his bizarre comments and somehow convinced them to get back into the car before pulling out a knife and telling them to drive him to a Jack in the Box.

The students acted as if they were complying with his demands while one of them contacted police.

The 34-year-old teacher got spooked and fled on foot, but turned himself in at a local station on Sunday. He is being held on $100,000 bail.



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