UPDATE: Nebraska man accused of threatening Iowa US Sen. Joni Ernst

Published: Jul. 7, 2017 at 3:33 PM CDT
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A Nebraska man is under arrest for threatening the life of a US senator.

64-year old Robert Simet of Omaha was arrested Friday morning by the FBI for his alleged threats against Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Ernst is serving her first term in the Senate.

According to court documents, Robert Simet told employees at a motorcycle dealership on Wednesday that he knew Senator Ernst was scheduled to speak there on Friday.

Simet allegedly told the employees that he "could kill her," and one employee told the FBI that Simet said, quote, "all Congress members should be killed."

He is in custody and is scheduled for a court appearance on July 11th.

Simet is charged with threatening to assault a federal official.

ORIGINAL 7-7-2017: OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats against Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa.

The FBI's Omaha office says in a news release that the 64-year-old man was arrested Friday by FBI agents in Omaha.

The man's case did not appear Friday in federal online court records. The release says he will be taken to Council Bluffs, Iowa, for an initial court appearance.

An FBI spokesman in Omaha did not respond to questions about the nature of the threats. A news release from the Iowa office of the FBI says no other information or comments about the case will be made until court documents are filed.

Ernst's office referred questions to U.S. Capitol Police, which said Friday it does not comment on ongoing investigations.