When they called an Uber around 2:30 p.m., the driver refused to pick them up because he was unaware of the ruse. A bystander who saw the events unfolding thought the Stokes brothers were trying to carjack the driver, authorities said. Irvine police responded and ordered the driver out of his car at gunpoint, but he was released after the officers determined he wasn't involved. Police did issue a warning to the Stokes brothers about their conduct, but they were also let go, according to the DA's office.
Four hours later, the brothers executed the same hoax on the campus of UC Irvine, and police fielded emergency calls regarding a bank robbery, prosecutors said.