The fake bank robberies, video of which was posted to YouTube on October 20 a year ago and garnered over 1.4 million views before being made private on August 5, involved the twins dressing up in all black with ski masks and carrying duffel bags of cash to appear as if they had just robbed a bank.
When they got in the vehicle, the driver allegedly refused to serve them.
When the police arrived, they ordered the driver out of the auto at gunpoint before they determined he was not involved and released him.
"Let's try to get this video 100,000 likes because we're literally risking our lives doing this video", Alan Stokes said in the intro of the video viewed by Law&Crime.
In another segment of the video, one of the brothers is depicted speaking with a police officer, telling him he had called the non-emergency phone number ahead of time to alert authorities of their prank. It also showed them trying to pick up women but getting turned down. They said they were filming for three days. In the video, the man questioned them. One of the twins said their getaway driver "bailed on us".
"Just get out of my auto please", the man said. Irvine police responded and ordered the driver out at gunpoint.
"Think about what's going on nowadays", said an officer. I want you to be creative and do what you want to do, but you've got to be smarter than this, ' the officer continued. The video did not show officers pointing guns at the Uber driver, but one of the twins described this happening. 'They were like rifles.
The driver told police he wasn't a part of this, according to the account. They could not immediately be reached for comment. Then later that day, the pair resumed filming, leading to more calls to police, prosecutors said.
In an October 20 video posted on the twins' YouTube page, the pair can be seen wearing black ski masks and clothing while approaching random people and asking where the nearest bank is for a "large withdrawal".
The twins have each just been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment plus a misdemeanor count for falsely reporting an emergency.
According to the District Attorney's Office of Orange County, California, the Stokes brothers performed a similar prank hours later at the University of California's Irvine campus, again prompting a police response.
"These are crimes that could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or even killed", said Mr Spitzer.
The D.A.is not laughing. calling the alleged fake robberies "some kind of twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the Internet by unnecessarily putting members of the public and police officers in danger".