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Former Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., was assaulted while jogging in Council Bluffs, Iowa, this week, leading to the arrest of the alleged attacker.

McSally described the incident in a Facebook video, stating a man unexpectedly grabbed her in a bear hug and molested her during her run on Wednesday. “He molested and fondled me until I fought him off,” McSally recounted. “I then chased him down, I said a lot of swear words. In this moment, I was in a fight, flight or freeze, and I chose to fight.” She pursued the assailant into a brush area, throwing her water bottle at him before calling 911.

Council Bluffs police identified 25-year-old Dominic M. Henton as the suspect through surveillance footage and other investigative methods. Henton, believed to be transient, was apprehended early Friday morning in Omaha, Nebraska, and is awaiting extradition to Council Bluffs on a charge of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Following his arrest, McSally expressed her relief on Facebook, noting the capture of her attacker.

McSally, who opened up about being raped by a superior officer in the Air Force during a 2019 Armed Services Committee Subcommittee hearing, said the recent attack “tapped into a nerve of other sexual abuse and assault that I’ve been through in the past.”


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