Twin American YouTubers face possible prison time after allegedly staging bank robberies for prank videos filmed in California last October.
Police say Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, dressed in black outfits with ski masks while carrying around duffel bags of cash and pretending they had just robbed a bank.
In a statement, Orange County District Attorney’s Office said they ordered and entered an Uber but the driver, who was unaware of the prank, refused to drive them.
This was witnessed by a bystander, who believed the men had robbed a bank and were tying to carjack the Uber driver.
Irvine police arrived and ordered the Uber driver out at gunpoint.
He was released after police realised he was not involved in the prank.
Police issued a warning to the Stokes brothers about their “dangerous conduct” and let them go, the statement read, but four hours later they staged a similar prank at the University of California.
The twins each face a felony count of false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit and one misdemeanour count of falsely reporting an emergency.
The crimes have a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.
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