The 23-year-old twin brothers, Alan and Alex Stokes, are known for posting prank videos to their YouTube channel, the Stokes Twins, and have been charged with felony robberies related to fake bank robberies, according tomedia The Verge. In October last year, the brothers recorded the aftermath of a bank robbery and posted it to YouTube.
As part of the prank, the brothers falsely claimed to an Uber driver and other random bystanders that they were criminals and then asked them to give them clothes, rides and other forms of assistance, which Southern California authorities say violate the law.
“These are not pranks. These are crimes that could result in a serious injury or even death,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “Law enforcement officials are sworn to protect the public, and when someone calls 911 to report an ongoing bank robbery, they will respond to protect their lives.” Instead, they found some kind of twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the Internet by unnecessarily putting the public and the police at risk. “
The brothers were charged with one felony count of false imprisonment by force of violence, threats, fraud or deception and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency. If convicted on both counts, the brothers face up to four years in prison, according to the prosecutor’s office.
At one point, the brothers explained the prank to a police officer. The police told them that they had called a dozen police officers to the scene because they had finally lied about the fugitive. At the end of the video, more police officers surround the brothers as they try to explain the prank further.