LHe brothers Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, have made a specialty of all kinds and hidden camera footage, which they broadcast on YouTube (6.6 million subscribers) and Dictoc (30 million) channels. On October 15, 2019, before being filmed robbing a bank in their hometown of Irvine, south of Los Angeles, the twins were dressed in black, wearing ski glasses and full notes in their pockets.
They had called an Uber driver who was supposed to take care of them during the escape and refused to do so when he saw them. But a passerby saw the scene and warned police that he had seen real bank robbers trying to take hostages.
When they arrived, Police targeted the Uber driver to get him out of his vehicle Before realizing it was a prank. They had warned the Stokes brothers against the dangers of misconduct, but freed them. The twins repeated their pranks on the University of California campus a few hours later, prompting police intervention again after emergency calls.
Driving “irresponsible and dangerous”
These crimes could easily have resulted in someone being seriously injured or killed. “Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer called for the conduct of two young men in a statement.”
Irresponsible and dangerous .
For these facts, Alan and Alex Stokes were charged with various offenses, each punishable by five years in prison. But the court agreed to reduce the charges if they pleaded guilty. The brothers were sentenced to 160 hours of community service and one year in probation for banning the filming of videos depicting criminal behavior.