Two YouTubers were arrested while participating in a bizarre social media challenge last month when they hid inside a Target overnight.
Johnson Larose, 25, and Charlotte Fischer, 24, known on YouTube as ‘Saucy and Honey,’ filmed themselves hiding in the Exton, Pennsylvania, store on February 21 for their ’24-Hour Overnight Challenge in Target.’
The pair, which has 17,700 followers, were arrested and charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and conspiracy.
They were released on $25,000 unsecured bail and are banned from visiting any Target stores in Pennsylvania, according to their bail conditions, Fox4 News reported.
‘I mean, no regrets just living life and having fun, it’s kind of sad that all of this came out of it, we were expecting a fine, nothing crazy,’ Fischer said.
The couple filmed themselves roaming the empty store aisles in near darkness, dancing, hiding inside a makeshift fort behind boxes of products as the store closed, and hiding from overnight crew members later in the evening.
The video had garnered nearly 4,500 views as of Thursday evening.
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Charlotte Fischer, 24, pictured, was charged with trespassing after breaking into a Target after hours for a YouTube challenge
She and Johnson Larose, 25, pictured, filmed the video for their YouTube channel ‘Saucy and Honey’
Surveillance video footage showing Johnson Larose, 25, and 24-year-old Charlotte Fischer inside the Pennsylvania Target after-hours last month
Larose and Fischer danced inside the store, which was closed at the time they filmed their YouTube video
Police did arrive after being dispatched to the store when the pair accidentally activated an alarm while leaving through an emergency exit around 3 a.m.
While the responding officers searched the building, they ultimately did not find anything and left the store without making any arrests, as they couple had left the store by the time authorities arrived.
Authorities said they returned to the store around 8 a.m. after it opened the next morning and resumed filming their video.
They were caught when store workers reviewed surveillance video footage after they tripped an alarm while exiting the store.
Fischer inside a makeshift fort behind boxes of products as the store closed
They also hid from overnight crew members later in the evening. Pictured: Fischer in their YouTube video
The pair could be seen on surveillance video wandering the store aimlessly during their YouTube social media challenge video
Fischer, pictured posing alongside a mannequin inside the Target after the store had closed
Police said Target employees found surveillance video the next day showing a man and a woman, identified as Larose and Fischer, wandering around the store with their phones out, according to Fox4 News.
Police did note that the pair did not steal anything while inside the closed store.
‘It became a little bit bigger of an investigation, trying to find out what they were doing, was there something criminal?’ West Whiteland Township Police Detective Scott Pezick said.
Cops eventually caught up with the two after identifying them via the surveillance video. The couple told authorities that they were filming the after-hours video for their YouTube channel.
Police said Target employees found surveillance video the next day showing a man and a woman, identified as Larose and Fischer, wandering around the store with their phones out
Pictured: the couple as they leave court, where they were charged with with third-degree criminal trespassing and conspiracy. They were released on $25,000 unsecured bail
‘When you go to burglary call you have a heightened sense of awareness. Suddenly, you see somebody in there or maybe they get spooked and run, our officers are well-trained, but it’s not a great situation for anybody,’ Detective Pezick said.
‘They weren’t out to harm anybody, but we want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.’
Their next court hearing is scheduled for March 24.
The ’24 Hour Fort challenge,’ also known as the ’24 hour challenge’ or ‘Overnight challenge,’ is a challenge which originated in 2016 and reached the peak of its popularity in 2018.
During the challenge, participants must reach a location or venue before it closes for the evening and trespass on the property by hiding in a ‘fort’.