California teacher kidnaps 3 students at knife-point for WHAT?!

pocket knifeOh man, this is so upsetting. You teach your kids to be wary of strangers, but how the heck do you protect them from the people they have come to know and trust? Take for example the case of three 17-year-old kids who were driving around on Saturday night in Altadena, California when they came across John Edward Maust, a 34-year-old teacher at their high school. They pulled over to say hello and I'm sure they thought nothing of it when he asked them for a ride. I'm pretty certain they did not expect to be kidnapped, but that's exactly what Maust is accused of doing. Oh yeah, it got totally crazy and you won't believe where this teacher wanted to be taken.


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This all started around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The teens stopped the car they were in, said hello to Maust, he asked for a ride and they agreed. Then he started acting weird in the car. They noticed he was intoxicated, pulled over and got out of the car, but he ordered them back into the car. He pulled a knife on them and demanded that they drive him to Jack in the Box. Oh yeah, he kidnapped three kids at knife-point and demanded to be taken to a fast food joint.

Fortunately, one of the students was able to dial 911 during the drive. A police helicopter came to their rescue and Maust got out of the car and ran.

He was arrested on Sunday after surrendering himself and is being held on $100,000 bail. He is facing charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and criminal threats. Unbelievable. Clearly, Maust is unfit to teach at Arroyo Pacific Academy in Arcadia or any other school.

I'm so glad no one was hurt in the incident.

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