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Teacher Arrested For Kidnapping Three Students

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Altadena, CA -

Update from Gigi Graciette:

From the classroom to the county jail, 34 year old schoolteacher John Maust is now behind bars after a bizarre incident that began Saturday in Altadena.

That's when, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department, three teenagers spotted their Arroyo Pacific Academy teacher standing on the sidewalk.

When they stopped their car to say hi to Mr. Maust, they told detectives they noticed their teacher appeared to be intoxicated. Maust then reportedly asked the 17-year-olds for a ride, and while in the car, detectives say, he said something to the teenagers that was so disturbing they immediately pulled over and got out.

And that's when they say the teacher ordered them back inside the car at knifepoint, saying he wanted to be taken to a Jack in the Box.

They teens obeyed and as they drove to the fast food restaurant, one of them called 911. When a Sheriff's helicopter was overhead, police say the teacher ordered the driver to stop, got out and ran away.

The next day Maust turned himself in at the Altadena Sheriff's Station where he was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal threats.

His bail has been set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.


(FOX 11 / CNS) A teacher at a private high school surrendered to deputies was in custody for allegedly kidnapping three of his students after asking them for a ride, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detective said.

The alleged kidnapping occurred about 9:35 p.m. Saturday, sheriff's detective Greg Taylor said. "Three 17 year-old juveniles were driving in the area of Ganesha Avenue and East Mariposa Street, Altadena, when they recognized John Edward Maust, one of their high school teachers, standing on the sidewalk," Taylor said.

When the juveniles stopped their vehicle to say hello, the teacher walked toward them and appeared to be intoxicated, Taylor said. "The teacher then asked for a ride" and the driver agreed, Taylor said. "During the ride, a conversation with the teacher caused the driver to become worried, and (he) therefore pulled over," Taylor said. The juveniles got out of the car, but the teacher ordered them back in, saying he wanted to go to Jack in the Box, the detective said. "Fearing for their well-being, the juveniles re-entered the car. It was at this time the teacher pulled out a knife on them," Taylor said. One teen was able to call 911, and the sheriff's helicopter responded, ordering the driver to stop the car. The teacher fled and got away, Taylor said.

Maust surrendered about 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Altadena Sheriff's Station, he said. The teacher was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal threats at the Crescenta Valley Station, where he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, Taylor said.

Taylor urged anyone with information to him at (626) 798-1131 or an anonymous tip can be received through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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