NewsLocal News


UPDATE: Suspect in Council Bluffs sexual assault on U.S. Senator arrested

Posted at 6:45 PM, Nov 09, 2023

UPDATE: 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10:

Council Bluffs police have released the name of the suspect in an assault on a U.S. Senator along with surveillance images of the victim and suspect at Tom Hanafan's River's Edge Park.

25-year-old Dominic Henton of Papillion was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Friday near 13th and Cuming St. by Omaha police. The circumstances of his initial contact with law enforcement is unclear, but he was taken into custody when OPD confirmed there was an active warrant for him out of Pottawattamie County. He is currently in the Douglas County jail awaiting extradition.

Council Bluffs police identified Henton as a suspect late Thursday, issuing an arrest warrant for one count of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. The department asked for the public's help through social media to locate him, describing him as a transient who frequented River's Edge.
Former U.S. Senator Martha McSally, from Arizona, says she was in Omaha this week to talk on how to have a "brave heart."

"I just had it put to the test," she said in a Facebook post Wednesday.

She was on a quiet trail along the Missouri River at Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park on Wednesday when she says the attack happened in broad daylight: At around 10:45 a.m. in the morning, according to a police report.

In a video on Facebook, she said a man came from behind, molested and fondled her before she fought him off.

"I was in a flight, fight, or freeze," she said. "And I chose to fight."

She said she chased the attacker into the brush, then called 911.

Council Bluffs Police told 3 News Now on Thursday afternoon they have a suspect and are working on an arrest warrant.

Police couldn't find anyone after checking the area, according to the police report.

McSally spoke to the Entrepreneur's Organization at the SAC Museum in Ashland.

At the airport Thursday morning, she took to social media again. She said she didn't get much sleep and didn't eat much.

She said it brought back memories of other times she's been assaulted.

"I just want to show the way," she said. "If you've been through something horrible ... In the moment we've got to process it. If we just try to pretend it didn't happen, it's going to be packed away inside us and come up in negative ways ... But if we feel it then we let it go, then we have the opportunity to heal and fully be free."

Download our apps today for all of our latest coverage.

Get the latest news and weather delivered straight to your inbox.