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Bushy Haired TikTok Stars Alan and Alex Stokes Charged with Felonies Over Bank Heist ‘Prank’

Bushy Haired TikTok Stars Alan and Alex Stokes Charged with Felonies Over Bank Heist ‘Prank’

Alan and Alex Stokes 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Slime Soiree

Another day, another YouTube/TikTok star fucking up. Or two YouTube/TikTok stars in this case.

Alan and Alex Stokes, two brothers who are known on social media as the Stokes Twins, were each charged on Wednesday (August 05, 2020) with false imprisonment and swatting after performing two prank bank robberies last October in Orange County.

OMG, that sounds utterly hilarious!

The brothers each face one felony count of “false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit” and one misdemeanor count of “falsely reporting an emergency.”

If convicted, the 23-year-old twin brothers — who have over 4.8 million subscribers on YouTube and over 25 million on TikTok — face up to four years in prison.

Alex Stokes and Alan Stokes Nickelodeon's 2019 Kids' Choice Awards - Arrivals
Alex Stokes and Alan Stokes attends Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards at Galen Center on March 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

Stokes fans, if you haven’t unfollowed them yet, what are you waiting for?

The two are accused of ordering an Uber to drive them away, but the driver refused. A witness believed the social media personalities had actually robbed the bank and were attempting to carjack the Uber.

Alex Stokes and Alan Stokes
(L-R) Alex Stokes and Alan Stokes attend the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 15, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MTV)

When the police arrived, they ordered the driver out of the car at gunpoint before they determined he was not involved and released him.

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The brothers received a warning before being let go.

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Youtubers Alex Stokes and Alan Stokes attend the Nickelodeon Kids? Choice Awards ?Slime Soirée? on March 23, 2018 in Venice, California. / AFP PHOTO / TARA ZIEMBA (Photo credit should read TARA ZIEMBA/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the release, however, the two performed a similar prank just hours later on the University of California, Irvine, campus, again prompting a call to the police.

“These were not pranks,” DA Todd Spitzer said. “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.”

Alex Stokes and Alan Stokes
Alex Stokes and Alan Stokes attends the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Slime Soiree on March 22, 2019 in Venice, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

He continued: “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.”

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