Alan and Alex Stokes, 23-year-old twin brothers recognized greatest for posting prank movies to YouTube below their channel Stokes Twins, have every been charged with a felony associated to a pretend financial institution theft, the aftermath of which the brothers recorded and posted to YouTube final October, in keeping with the Orange County district lawyer’s workplace (through The Hollywood Reporter.)
As a part of the prank, the 2 brothers falsely introduced themselves as criminals to an Uber driver and different random bystanders, who they then implored to offer them garments, rides, and different types of help in a approach that South California authorities say broke the regulation.
“These were not pranks. These are crimes that could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or even killed,” Todd Spitzer, the Orange County district lawyer, stated in an announcement. “Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect the public and when someone calls 911 to report an active bank robbery they are going to respond to protect lives. Instead, what they found was some kind of twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the internet by unnecessarily putting members of the public and police officers in danger.”
The brothers have every been charged with one felony depend of “false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit” and one misdemeanor depend of falsely reporting an emergency. In response to the DA’s workplace, the brothers resist 4 years in jail if convicted on each counts.
The video exhibits the brothers at one level explaining the prank to a police officer, who tells them that greater than a dozen officers had been known as to the scene over what was in the end a false report of on-the-run criminals. The tip of the video exhibits much more officers surrounding the brothers as they attempt to additional clarify the prank.
“This is what is going to get… someone potentially hurt. We have people stopping in the middle of the street because they’re watching this — guys pulling off ski masks, throwing stuff on the ground and changing clothes,” one officer says. “Think about what’s going on nowadays. Think about it. You’ve got to be smarter than that. You know better,” one other officer says. “You’re absolutely lucky you didn’t get guns drawn on you.”