Chancellor issues statement after arrest of suspect in Alnahdi death

January 13, 2017

UW-Stout professors left a note at a memorial in downtown Menomonie where Hussain Alnahdi was found.

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:

(Because 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

FROM: Bob Meyer, chancellor

DATE: Jan. 13, 2017

SUBJECT: Apprehension of suspect in death of Hussain Saeed Alnahdi

Chancellor Bob MeyerThe 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.

The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram newspaper reported the arrest and charges this morning. Details are available here.

I 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.

I 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 investigation.

Finally, 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.

I 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.

Hussain AlnahdiThe 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.

At 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 continues.

I 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 anybody’s race.”

Finally, 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.

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Top: UW-Stout professors left a note at a memorial in downtown Menomonie where Hussain Alnahdi was found.

Second: Bob Meyer

Bottom: Hussain Alnahdi