Chancellor issues statement after arrest of suspect in Alnahdi death
January 13, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Bob
Meyer issued the following statement Friday, Jan. 13, to campus concerning the
arrest of a suspect in the death of student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, who died
Oct. 31, 2016, following an altercation in downtown Menomonie:
the case is pending in Dunn County Circuit Court, the university at this time
will not comment further or conduct interviews.)
TO: Students, faculty and staff
Bob Meyer, chancellor
DATE: Jan. 13, 2017
Apprehension of suspect in death of Hussain Saeed Alnahdi
Dunn Country District Attorney’s office has charged a 27-year-old Minnesota
man, Cullen M. Osburn, with felony murder and battery in the Oct. 30 attack
that killed UW-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper reported the arrest and charges this
morning. Details are available here.
want to thank the Menomonie Police Department and Chief Erik Atkinson for
tirelessly pursuing the leads that resulted in this arrest. I know that Chief
Atkinson and his officers took this case very personally, and they should be
commended for pursuing this investigation to this stage.
also want to thank retired UW-Stout Police Chief Lisa Walter and interim Police
Chief Jason Spetz for working very closely with Menomonie police during the
I want to thank Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf for her work in
charging this suspect and offer whatever assistance she may need to ensure justice
prevails in this case.
hope this arrest brings some measure of peace and comfort to Hussain’s family
in Saudi Arabia. They have gone through a living nightmare, and our hearts and
prayers continue to go out to them. I also hope that Hussain’s roommates and
many friends on campus also feel a sense of closure and relief with the arrest.
death of Hussain on Oct. 31 from injuries he sustained in downtown Menomonie
has affected everyone on campus, especially our international and minority
students who expressed concern for their safety.
the same time, I have witnessed many people reaching out to these concerned
students to assure them that they live and study in a safe environment. I hope these
efforts to help all students feel safe on campus and in the community
also think it is worth mentioning that the criminal complaint issued in this
case said the suspect “was adamant that the altercation was not a result of
I also want to thank everyone who contacted the Menomonie Police Department
with information about the attack, as well as those who contributed to the
reward fund administered by the Community Foundation of Dunn County and those
who have contributed to the memorial fund established by the Stout University
Foundation. Your efforts are truly appreciated.
Top: UW-Stout professors left a note at a memorial in downtown Menomonie where Hussain Alnahdi was found.
Bottom: Hussain Alnahdi