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Jun 9, 2014 10:11 AM by Associated Press

LA deputies say teacher kidnapped 3 students

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say an Arroyo Pacific Academy high school teacher is in jail for allegedly abducting three students.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say 34-year-old John Edward Maust was arrested Sunday for investigation of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and criminal threats. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

Deputies say three 17-year-olds were driving in Altadena Saturday night when they the teacher standing on a corner. When they stopped, investigators say Maust asked for a ride.

Something Maust said caused the driver to pull over and the students to jump out, but deputies say Maust ordered them back, pulled a knife and told them to go to a fast food restaurant.

One student called 911. When he saw a helicopter, Maust left. Early Sunday, Maust walked into the sheriff's substation and surrendered.

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