Brothers charged in dirtbike prank at Alexandria Wal-Mart

Video of 'Dumb Dumb' posted on YouTube
Posted at 1:14 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 18:27:48-05

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. -- The brothers try to make money by posting their prank videos to YouTube, police said. Instead, one of those videos could end up costing them.

Justin Bell, 27, and Howard Bell, 44, have been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment in connection with a dirtbike prank at a Wal-Mart store, Alexandria Police Chief Mike Ward said.

Video shows Justin Bell -- described in the video caption as "Dumb Dumb" -- riding a miniature dirtbike through the Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, according to a police report. He's dressed in underpants and a Superman cape, along with a helmet and boots.

The video was removed from YouTube sometime Tuesday afternoon.

Justin Bell was in the store for 2 minutes, the report says, getting in through the grocery entrance, heading through the automotive section and eventually leaving through the lawn and garden area.

"There are all these side aisles right through here," Sgt. Natalie Selby said. "I mean, if anybody would’ve walked through there or pushed a stroller or whatever, I mean, he could’ve hit 'em."

The stunt is a first in Selby's 17 years with the Alexandria Police Department, she said.

"The potential for someone getting hurt is really high when you’re acting like that," Selby said.

Justin Bell and Howard Bell

No one -- including store managers -- called police, according to the police report. 

The third-shift manager "was unable give any information as to why the manager failed to call police and allowed the subject to place the customers in the store at serious risk of serious physical injury," the police report said.

Leslee Wright, senior manager of Wal-Mart Corporate Communications, called it a "dangerous prank" and thanked the Alexandria Police Department for its quick work.

"We will work closely with detectives to see these men prosecuted to the fullest," a statement from Wright said.

The men were arrested early Tuesday and booked into the Campbell County Jail. Their bond was set at $50,000, according to online jail records, and they have a court date Dec. 1.