MENOMONIE — Authorities are calling Monday’s death of a UW-Stout international student a homicide.
Menomonie police said Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, died Monday afternoon from injuries received when he was reportedly beaten in the early morning hours Sunday.
Alnahdi, who came to Stout last year, was a junior majoring in business administration.
UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer on Monday said it was with “much sadness” that he informed the campus community of the death, adding: “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Hussain’s family in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, and his friends at UW-Stout.”
“I want to make a personal appeal to anyone on campus or in the community who might have information that would help authorities locate the individual involved in the attack to come forward,” Meyer said.
The announcement of Alnahdi’s death came only hours after authorities reported he had regained consciousness at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Menomonie Police Department Investigator Kelly Pollock said police are looking for a man about 6-feet tall who fled the scene on foot going west on Main Street after the assault.
Police were unable to say if the physical assault was racially motivated, pending further investigation. It is also unknown if the victim was struck multiple times or not, Pollack said, noting police still need to review medical reports. No weapons were used in the assault.
Menomonie police Chief Eric Atkinson on Monday said Alnahdi’s death is being treated as a homicide, adding that an autopsy will be performed in Madison.
“The MPD doesn’t believe there is an ongoing threat to the community,” Atkinson said in a news release. “Additionally, law enforcement has not received any information about the possible motive of this crime.”
Menomonie Police and Fire Departments were called to the 400 block of Main Street East around 2:11 a.m. Sunday on a report of a physical altercation.
Alnahdi was found bleeding from his mouth and nose, and witnesses reported he was assaulted by the man who fled the scene.
Alnahdi was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System–Red Cedar in Menomonie and then transported to Eau Claire.
Menomonie police are asking anyone with information to contact Pollock at 715-232-1283. Information may also be provided to the police through Dunn County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-3866 or at dunncocrimestoppers.com. Tips may also be texted to TIPDUNN followed by a message to 274637 (CRIMES).
Contact: 715-556-9018, firstname.lastname@example.org, @MenomonieBureau on Twitter