High-school teacher abducts 3 students at knifepoint

By Melissa Barclay,

Three Southern California Arroyo Pacific Academy high school students accepted their teacher’s request for a ride. However, things went downhill when the teacher held the students at knife point.

According to the Associated Press, the three male students were driving on Saturday night when they saw the teacher standing on a corner.

Once the teacher, 34-year-old John Edward Maust, was in the car, he ordered the students at knife point to take him to a fast food restaurant.

They initially tried to escape, but he was able to convince them with the knife to get back into the car. As they were driving, one of the students was able to dial the police.

The students were able to escape later when the driver pulled over. Maust also fled the car.

In the afternoon the next day, Maust surrendered himself to the authorities at the police department.

He faces kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal threats charges, The Daily Mail reported. Maust's bail was set at $100,000.

The students said that Maust appeared drunk when he asked them for a ride.

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