Alan and Alex Stokes, two brothers recognized on social media because the Stokes Twins, have every been charged on Wednesday with false imprisonment and swatting after performing two prank financial institution robberies final October in Orange County.
The brothers every face one felony rely of “false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit” and one misdemeanor rely of “falsely reporting an emergency.” If convicted, the 23-year-old twin brothers — who’ve over 4.eight million subscribers on YouTube and over 25 million on TikTok — resist 4 years in jail.
The faux financial institution robberies, movies of which had been posted to YouTube on Oct. 20 final 12 months and have since obtained over 1.Four million views, concerned the twins dressing up in all black with ski masks and carrying duffel baggage of money to look as if they’d simply robbed a financial institution. After operating by way of crowds, the twins ordered an Uber, however the driver — who was unaware of the prank — refused to drive the twins. A bystander then referred to as the police after believing the driving force was being carjacked, main Irvine police to reach on the scene and order the Uber driver out of the automobile at gunpoint, in response to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The Stokes Twins had been issued a warning by the police, in response to the District Attorney’s workplace, earlier than performing an identical faux financial institution theft prank on the University of Irvine 4 hours later. Police then obtained extra emergency calls concerning a supposed financial institution theft.
“These were not pranks,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer mentioned in an announcement. “These are crimes that could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or even killed. 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.”
Representatives for the Stokes Twins didn’t instantly reply to TheWrap’s request for remark.