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Bank Robbery Prank Leads to Felony Charges for YouTubers


Twin YouTubers have been charged with felony counts after they pretended to be bank robbers for prank videos filmed in California last year.


Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, are each facing a felony count of false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced in a press release Wednesday.


The twins are accused of dressing in all black and wearing ski masks while carrying around duffel bags of cash last October.


According to the DA's office, Alan and Alex ordered an Uber driver while posing as bank robbers on October 15, beginning the caper around 2:30 p.m. The driver refused to drive them, and a bystander believed they were trying to carjack the Uber driver.


When police arrived, they ordered the Uber driver out of the car at gunpoint, releasing him when they realized he was not involved.



"Police issued a warning to the Stokes brothers about the dangerous of their conduct and let them go," the DA's press release said.


But the brothers pulled the same kind of prank just hours later at the University of California, Irvine, the DA's office said, prompting more emergency calls to police.


The so-called pranks were filmed — and made into a YouTube video that the twins shared on their channel on October 20 of last year titled "BANK ROBBER PRANK! (gone wrong)." The video has more than one million views.


The interaction with the Uber driver is shown in the video.


In the footage, the pair ran into the car, telling the driver, "Our getaway driver just bailed on us."


"This is weird. It's not funny," the Uber driver said. "You can't take this ride ... get out of my car please."

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