A suspect has been identified in connection with the death of a college student from Saudi Arabia, police said Friday, adding that the fatal assault does not appear to have been a hate crime.

Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, a junior from Saudi Arabia studying business at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, was fatally assaulted around bar closing time in downtown Menomonie during the Halloween weekend.

Menomonie police, in a news release, said the suspect is not a UW-Stout student and is not a resident of Dunn County.

“Through the course of the investigation, the MPD hasn’t found any evidence that would suggest the death of Hussain Alnahdi was a hate crime,” according to the release.

The name of the suspect is being withheld pending a charging decision from the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office. Police said the investigation into Alnahdi’s death included interviews with people out-of-state.

Authorities have yet to say what prompted the attack on Oct. 30 on the 400 block of Main Street E., outside Toppers Pizza, which occurred as many people were decked out in Halloween costumes and visiting bars and other nightspots in that part of town.

A man fled the scene on foot to the west, witnesses told police, leaving an unconscious Alnahdi bleeding from his mouth and nose.

Doug Mell, executive director of communications and external relations at UW-Stout, said in a prepared statement Friday regarding the arrest that the university supports “efforts to bring this suspect to justice.”

Alnahdi, who grew up in the north-central Saudi city of Buraydah, enrolled at UW-Stout in 2015.


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