YouTubers Alan and Alex Stokes are facing felony charges over a fake bank robbery stunt they staged for a video.
Last October, the 23-year-old twins posted a video titled BANK ROBBER PRANK! (gone wrong), in which they wore black outfits and ski masks, and carried duffle bags filled with cash into an Uber, pretending to have just pulled off a heist.
The driver refused to transport them and a witness called the police fearing they had seen a carjacking – with officers approaching the Uber driver with guns drawn before they determined he was not involved.
According to the District Attorney’s Office of Orange County, California, the Stokes brothers performed a similar prank hours later at the University of California’s Irvine campus, again prompting a police response.
The brothers. who boast more than 25 million followers on TikTok under their @stokestwins handle and more than 4 million subscribers on YouTube, were initially let off with a warning. But the DA’s office has confirmed they have now each been charged with one felony count of “false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit” as well as one misdemeanor charge of “falsely reporting an emergency.”