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Teacher pulls knife, forces students to take him to Jack in the Box

In the escalating weirdness that has become the teacher-student relationship, an allegedly drunk high school teacher in Los Angeles County had such a jones for food from Jack in the Box, that he allegedly abducted three of his students at knife point to take him there.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Altadena reports that around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, three juveniles were driving around when they noticed one of their teachers, John Edward Maust, 34, a teacher at Arroyo Pacific Academy, standing on the sidewalk, apparently intoxicated, and they stopped.

They agreed to give him a ride, but at some point Maust allegedly began to say things that scared them so they pulled over. The three students got out of the vehicle, but Maust ordered them back in and expressed his sicko desire, to “go to a Jack in the Box.”

Terrified, the children acceded to his demand, which he backed up by brandishing a knife once they got back into the car. Luckily one was able to call 911 from the car without Maust knowing. Maust reportedly fled the scene when he heard an LASD helicopter overhead.

He turned himself in to the Sheriff’s department the next afternoon without incident, and was arrested for kidnapping, false imprisonment, and criminal threats. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police are still investigating and ask that anyone with information on the case please contact LASD Altadena Station Detective Bureau, Detective Taylor at (626)798-1131.

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