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YouTuber Twins Charged With Felonies After Bizarre Bank Robbery Escape Prank Went Wrong


It seems some people will do anything for internet clout, even commit a felony.

YouTube stars Alan and Alex Stokes, whose popular channel The Stokes Twins has nearly 5 million subscribers, had a viral success last October when they posted a video of them attempting to rob a bank as a prank.

But now, the video has been removed and all the Stokes’ have to show for it is felony and misdemeanor charges: one felony count of false imprisonment and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency.

The video, titled “BANK ROBBER PRANK (gone wrong)” racked up 1.4 million views.

In it, the brothers pretended to have already robbed a bank, and enlisted help in getting away from bystanders. Carrying prop bags of cash, the brothers attempted to order a getaway Uber, but the driver kicked them out of his car.

A bystander, who thought the twins were carjacking the Uber driver, called the police. When they arrived, they apparently misunderstood the situation and held the driver at gunpoint.

The twins got away with a warning.

They then tried the prank again later that day at a University of California campus, where police were called yet again.

The Orange County, California District Attorney’s Office said in no uncertain terms that the video was anything but a “prank”:

“These were not pranks. 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.”

And on social media, there was very little sympathy for the twins.

If convicted, both twins will face a four year sentence in a state prison.

Internet clout comes at a cost.

But common sense is free.

John Sundholm

Written by John Sundholm

John Sundholm is a writer, video producer and performer originally from Michigan, and is one of those people who says he "lived in London for a while" even though it was only six weeks for study abroad. He made Ellen DeGeneres laugh once so you should probably follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Medium, where he does a lot of yelling under the name @JohntheCraptist.