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#FreeSamAndColby is a hashtag spawned by the arrest of YouTube duo Samuel Golbach and Cole Brock after the pair were caught trespassing on a construction site in Tampa, Florida in mid-January 2019. Brock faced two additional charges of unauthorized use or possession of a drivers license. Both Golbach and Brock were released on bail the next day.


In Summer 2014, Sam and Colby became famous for their "Following Fat People" vines. Both Vines were uploaded to YouTube and have gained over 400,000 views in a year (shown below).

On October 28th, 2014, Sam and Colby joined YouTube. On November 13th, 2014, Sam and Colby uploaded their first video introducing themselves (shown below, left). The video accumulated over 150,000 views in 5 years. On May 20th, 2018, the duo uploaded their most popular video to date which has gained over six million views in seven months (shown below, right). The video follows Sam and Colby on a ghost hunt.

As of January 18th, 2019, Colby and Sam have over two million subscribers. The pair gained much online notoriety for posting videos of themselves trespassing and exploring various locations (shown below).


On January 17th, 2019 Sam tweeted that he was safe. The tweet gained 3,433 replies, 4,983 retweets and 31,539 likes within a day (shown below).

Sam ะค @SamGolbach I'm alive and free!!! Just wanted to say we are both safe and okay, sorry for any worry After such a long process Colby's bond is now paid for (he will be released soon) and we should be both back in California tomorrow

Later that day, Colby also took to Twitter to reassure his fans. The tweet accumulated 4,721 replies, 5,786 retweets and 39,685 likes in one day (shown below).

Colby @ColbyBrock going to jail in a justin bieber shirt isn't the best idea. but i'm okay. love you guys

Online Reaction

On January 16th, 2019, Twitter users used the hashtag #FreeSamandColby to voice their support for Sam and Colby and/or discuss their arrest. Twitter user SendItSire posted that the incident was no surprise. The tweet received over 1,000 likes and 100 retweets within a day (shown below).

Morgan @SendltSire I don't understand why everyone is freaking out that Sam and Colby got arrested...We all knew it was gonna happen eventually! We are at least prepared for it! #FREESAMANDCOLBY

On January 17th, Neuroalien's tweet, pointing out Colby's Justin Bieber shirt, gained 245 retweets and 1,086 Likes (shown below, left). On the same day, FansNeverSleep posted a feel old yet tweet about the pair and posted their mugshots (shown below, right).

@neuroalien #FreeSamAndColby the best part about this entire thing is that the boys go to jail & Twitter goes into utter chaos: Jake beefing with Elijah, the fandom roasting our favorite headasses and Brennen just losing his mind over the fact that Colby got arrested in a Justin Bieber shirt Sam @fansneversleep 40 FUN Remember those two kids from vine? This is them now. feel old yet #FreeSamandColby Sher Samuel Golbach Hillsborough #2019-1923 Height: 5 ft. 9 in. Weight: 140 lbs. Age: 22 Gender: Male Eye color: Blue Birth date: November 27th, Booked Jan. 16 at 9:49 p.m. for: trespass on construction site (tres6010) ? For more information, please check his page at the sherifs of ooking Imag 16 HILLSBOROUGH CO Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office Cole Brock Hillsborough #2019-1916 Height: 5 ft. 11 in. Gender: Male Weight: 150 lbs. Eye color: Blue Age: 22 Booked Jan. 16 at 8:59 p.m. for: trespass on construction site (res6010) 2 Birth date: January 2nd, 1 For more information, please check his page at the sherifs o Booking Image

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External References

[1] Twitter โ€“ SamGolbach

[2] Twitter โ€“ ColbyBrock

[3] YouTube โ€“ Sam and Colby Channel

[4] Twitter โ€“ SendItSire

[5] Twitter โ€“ Neuroalien

[6] Twitter โ€“ fansneversleep

[7] MonstersandCritics- SamandColbyArrested

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