In videos posted under a now removed @motherhoodessentials post, Sorenson claimed that the couple–later identified as Sadie Vega-Martinez and Eddie Martinez–followed her in and around the store while making comments about her kids on December 7, 2020.
Shortly after those videos were posted online, police said in a press release that Sorenson “provided another account of the event that included significant information that was not shared with the Petaluma Police Department on December 7th or before her video was posted to social media.” That’s when Sorenson alleged Martinez attempted to grab her stroller, telling investigators she was willing to testify to that and wanted the couple prosecuted.
After police released CCTV footage asking for information on the incident, Vega-Martinez recognized herself and came forward to cooperate with police.
“I couldn’t believe it. It’s like we’re literally guilty of being brown while shopping,” she said, according to reports from the Daily Beast. “Do you really think it’s okay to go online and be racist and make stories about a family?” she said later at a rally.
After news of the charges against Sorenson, Vega-Martinez told the Petaluma Argus-Courier: “We’re very happy with the news. It’s a nice step toward justice. It gives you hope.”