(Press Release from UW Stout) — The city of Menomonie and University of Wisconsin-Stout have worked together to establish a reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fatal injuries sustained early Sunday morning by Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, a UW-Stout student from Saudi Arabia.
The reward is at $15,000 and will be administered through the Community Foundation of Dunn County. It is being supported through private donations and the UW-Stout Foundation. No tax dollars are involved.
“It is absolutely essential that we use all of our resources to find the person responsible for Hussain’s death,” Chancellor Bob Meyer said in announcing the reward. “Many people are looking for ways to help the police find the assailant, and we hope this fund will generate the information needed to lead to an arrest and conviction.”
“The city also has been contacted by many people who want to help,” Menomonie Police Chief Eric Atkinson said. “This fund could be just the right incentive for someone to come forward with the information we need to solve this case.”
Georgina Tegart, executive director of the Community Foundation, said donors can make checks to the Community Foundation of Dunn County/Reward Fund and mail or drop them off to: 500 Main St., Suite 322, Menomonie, WI 54734.
Donations also may be made through the Foundation’s secure online donation processing system at www.cfdunncounty.org/reward or at https://venmo.com/cfdcreward. All gifts will be placed into the reward fund.
Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Menomonie police investigator Kelly Pollock at 715-231-8511. Anonymous information can be submitted at 855-847-3866 or at http://dunncocrimestoppers.com. You may also text “TIPDUNN” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), also announced today that it will offer an additional $5,000 reward.
“We are offering this reward to help police apprehend the perpetrator and to determine the motive for this senseless crime,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The deadly attack on a Muslim student comes at a time of a rising number of anti-Muslim incidents nationwide, which raises concerns about a possible bias motive.”
Foreign Exchange Student Dies After Being Beaten on UW-Stout Campus
(Release) The Menomonie Police Department have identified the victim as Hussain Saeed Alnahdi. In the late afternoon of October 31st, Alnahdi's condition worsened and subsequently and passed away while be treated at Luther Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire.
The Dunn County Medical Examiners Office will bringing Hussain Alnahdi body to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to perform an autopsy.
The MPD is treating this incident as a homicide. The investigation is being conducted in partnership with the Dunn County Medical Examiner's Office and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Police Department.
The MPD doesn't believe there is an ongoing threat to the community. Additionally, law enforcement has not received any information about the possible motive of this crime.
The MPD is asking anyone with information relating to this death to contact Investigator Kelly Pollock at 715-231-8511.
(Release) Details of Incident:
On October 30, 2016, at approximately 2:11 a.m., the Menomonie Police Department and Menomonie Fire Department were dispatched to the 400 block of Main Street East, near Topper’s Pizza, for a report of a physical altercation. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious male, bleeding from his mouth and nose. Further information provided by witnesses at the scene indicated that the victim had been assaulted by a white male who was about six feet tall, who fled the scene on foot westbound on Main Street prior to law enforcement arrival.
The Menomonie Fire Department rendered aid to the victim and transported him to Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie, where he was soon airlifted to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
The victim is a 24 year old UW-Stout International Student. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family. The victim is currently at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire in serious condition as a result of this assault. Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding this altercation is asked to please contact Investigator Kelly Pollock with the Menomonie Police Department at (715) 232-1283. Information can also be provided to the Menomonie Police Department through Dunn County Crime Stoppers at:
1-855-847-3866 or at dunncocrimestoppers.com. You may also Text-a-Tip by texting “TIPDUNN” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).