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YouTube duo Stokes Twins handed felony charge after bank robbery prank

Published: 6/Aug/2020 2:38 Updated: 6/Aug/2020 2:45

by Isaac McIntyre

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YouTube prank stars Stokes Twins have been handed a felony charge by the Orange County District Attorney in relation to a fake bank robbery prank video the pair recorded in October 2019. The twins, 23, face up to four years in state prison if convicted.

The YouTube duo were each charged on Wednesday with one felony count of false imprisonment affected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency, according to authorities.

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The pair — Alan and Alex Stokes ⁠— boast 4.8 million subscribers on their prank-dedicated channel. The upload in question, titled “BANK ROBBER PRANK! (gone wrong),” was watched nearly 1.5 million times since October 20, 2019.

In the video, the brothers pretend they are robbing a bank. The pair plead with unsuspecting strangers for clothes or getaway cars, all while pretending to carry a bloated duffel bag full of ‘stolen money’ from the nearby bank.

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Some bystanders reported the incident to the police, which led to officers arriving and ending the prank video. The moment in question, when police officers respond to the call, is included in the Stokes Twins’ October 20 upload.

Nearly a dozen Orange Country police officers were called to the scene of the Stokes Twins' prank video.
YouTube: Stokes Twins
In total, nearly half-a-dozen Orange Country officers were called to two locations in response to the prank video.

The brothers also called an Uber during the prank, but the requested driver “refused to drive them”. The Uber driver in question was reportedly held at gunpoint after Orange County officers arrived.

In a statement, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said, “these were not pranks. These are crimes that could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or killed.”

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“Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect the public. 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. [They were] unnecessarily putting members of the public and police officers in danger.”

The Stokes Twins were given a verbal warning by police at the time relating to their “dangerous conduct,” but were released. According to the DA’s office, the Stokes brothers will be sentenced to up to four years in prison “if convicted on all counts.”

The Stokes Twins approached multiple bystanders pretending to have just robbed a nearby bank.
YouTube: Stokes Twins
The Stokes Twins approached multiple strangers pretending to have just robbed a bank.

The Orange County police officers who arrived on the scene at the end of the video also said the Stokes Twins were “lucky [they] didn’t get guns drawn” on them.

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“That is what is going to get… someone potentially hurt,” the responding officers said. “Think about what’s going on nowadays. Think about it… you’ve got to be smarter than that. You know better.”

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Twitch streamer Jinny stunned as man tries to sell her drugs on stream

Published: 7/Oct/2020 18:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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IRL Twitch streamer Jinny was left shocked after two men tried to sell her drugs while she toured the city of Hamburg in Germany.

Jinny has grown quite a following thanks in part to her IRL traveling antics where the Korean streamer routinely has odd adventures. Her trips have resulted in her befriending waitresses at a Texas Hooters, being attacked by wild deer in Denmark, and even setting her backyard on fire.

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Now, in her most recent trip in Germany, the streamer found herself in quite an awkward position as she was offered drugs during an October 7 broadcast.

While talking to viewers, a random man suddenly began talking to her in broken English.

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“You’re lucky to be in Deutschland. My ganja is the best,” he said. “You get three for five.”

It’s unclear exactly what units of measurement the man was selling three of for five Euros, but ganja translates to marijuana or weed. The incident really shocked the IRL streamer who had no idea what he was talking about.

“I don’t speak German,” she stated as he and another man conversed in the language.

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Jinny’s chat warned her the man was selling drugs.

“Do you need ganja?” the man asked in English.

“What is ganja?” Jinny wondered. “Iguana?”

Eventually, Jinny looked at her chat and saw that her viewers were spamming translations and explaining how he was trying to sell her drugs – something she wanted no part of.

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“I don’t need ganja. It’s okay,” she laughed and went on her way. “That was very random. Do I look like I smoke weed? Uh, maybe.”

Amusingly, the streamer went on to explain that she was very confused and seriously thought the man was trying to sell her an iguana.

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“I thought he said ‘do you want to buy an iguana,’” she chuckled. “Why would I want to buy an iguana all of a sudden?”

Luckily, Jinny wasn’t forced into buying any drugs or reptiles during her encounter, but it just goes to show that even when a camera is rolling, weird stuff happens on a regular basis.