Police: Religion not a motive in attack on MSU student - Fox 2 News Headlines

Police: Religion not a motive in attack on MSU student

Posted: Updated:
Zach Tennen, 19, was seriously injured in an assault near Michigan State University's campus over the weekend. Zach Tennen, 19, was seriously injured in an assault near Michigan State University's campus over the weekend.
  • Police: Religion not a motive in attack on MSU studentMore>>

  • Michigan State sophomore's jaw broken during attack

    Michigan State sophomore's jaw broken during attack

    Tuesday, August 28 2012 11:27 PM EDT2012-08-29 03:27:55 GMT
    19-year-old Zach Tennen, a Michigan State student, suffered major injuries after getting into a fight at a party.  The victim's family is calling it a hate crime, but police aren't so sure.
    19-year-old Zach Tennen, a Michigan State student, suffered major injuries after getting into a fight at a party.  The victim's family is calling it a hate crime, but police aren't so sure.

By MyFox Detroit Staff

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) - Police say a Michigan State University student's Jewish religion doesn't appear to have been a factor in his assault at an off-campus party.

East Lansing police Capt. Jeff Murphy says there's no dispute that Zach Tennen was seriously assaulted early Sunday and suffered a broken jaw. But Murphy says witnesses haven't confirmed Tennen's account that he was slugged after revealing he's Jewish.

"This assault, as with any other assault, will be investigated fully to hold any and all suspects accountable," said Murphy. "This is a serious assault and ELPD is putting every resource available into the investigation."

Murphy said Wednesday that detectives also have no evidence that Tennen's mouth was stapled shut during the attack as he maintains. Tennen's father, Bruce Tennen, spoke with FOX 2 Tuesday saying the assailants were stapling his son's mouth. "He recalls waking up and seeing a stapler, that they were stapling his gums and trying to hurt him and that he felt he was going to die," said Tennen.

The 19-year-old from sophomore is recovering at home from jaw surgery. Bruce Tennen says the conclusions by East Lansing police "sicken us."

An 18-year-old man from Farmington Hills is a suspect, although no arrest has been made.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact ELPD at 1-877-ELPD-TIP.

- The Associated Press contributed to this story

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:46:42 GMT
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices