Support for LAist comes from
True LA stories, powered by you
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Students Say Knife-Wielding Teacher Demanded A Ride To Jack In The Box

Our reporting is free for everyone, but it’s not free to make.
LAist only exists with reader support. If you're in a position to give, your donation powers our reporters and keeps us independent.

Giving a teacher a ride turned into a bizarre nightmare for three students of Arroyo Pacific Academy Saturday night. The three victims, all 17, spotted instructor John Edward Maust, 34, standing on the sidewalk near Ganesha Ave. and East Mariposa St. in Altadena around 9:30 p.m. When the students pulled over to say hi, a seemingly drunk Maust asked them for a ride.

Initially, the students agreed, but Maust began saying undisclosed things that caused the driver to become 'worried,' the L.A. Sheriff's Department says. Whatever Maust said, it was so troubling that the driver pulled over and the students all got out of the car. Maust demanded they get back in and take him to a Jack in the Box, the students told authorities. Fearing for their safety, the students complied and this is when Maust allegedly pulled a knife on them.

One of the students was able to call 9-1-1. A sheriff's helicopter located the car and ordered the driver to stop. Maust then took off on foot.

Maust turned himself in to the Altadena Police Station the next day around 1:30 p.m. He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment and criminal threats.

Support for LAist comes from

Maust is listed as an instructor on Arroyo Pacific Academy's website, KTLA reports.