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YouTuber Kyle Forgeard ‘arrested after impersonating mall security’ for prank video


Kyle Forgeard was arrested this week (Picture: Kyle Forgeard/Instagram/Getty)

YouTuber Kyle Forgeard has reportedly been arrested after allegedly impersonating a security officer at a mall.

The 26-year-old is part of the Nelk Boys, with the group of pals having a following of more than six million on YouTube.

While they’re known for their pranks, one recent stunt seems to have backfired.

According to TMZ, Foregeard is alleged to have impersonated a mall security officer at the Grapevine Mills Mall in Tarrant County, Texas.

He is thought to have been released after posting a $750 (£530) bond.

The Nelk Boys announced the news of his arrest on Twitter, writing: ‘Kyle was just arrested and taken into jail in Dallas, Texas.

‘Well [sic] keep you posted as we hear more boys.’

#FreeKyle started trending on Twitter shortly afterwards.

Forgeard went on to share a photo on Instagram with the caption: ‘Just got out of jail.. everything really is bigger in Texas 😳’.

The Nelk Boys are a trio of YouTubers from Canada, with Forgeard being joined by Jesse Sebastiani and Steve Deleonardis.

It’s not the first time a YouTube prank has backfired in a big way, with YouTubers The Stokes Twins recently being charged with felonies after staging a bank robbery prank.

Alan and Alex Stokes, 23, have each been charged with one felony account of false imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit and one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency, after their prank resulted in an Uber driver being held at gunpoint by police.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said: ‘These were not pranks. 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.

‘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.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and reps for the Nelk Boys for further comment.

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