Cops: Religion not motive in Jewish student attack

Associated Press
This undated photo provided by Bruce Tennen shows Zachary Tennen.  Police say an attack on the Michigan State University student at an off-campus party is not being investigated as a hate crime. Tennen, a 19-year-old Michigan State University sophomore, told East Lansing, Mich. police his attackers asked if he was Jewish, and when he responded "yes," he was punched in the face. Tennen, from the Detroit suburb of Franklin, was recovering Tuesday from jaw surgery. He says the assault took place early Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at an off-campus party.  (AP Photo/Courtesy Bruce Tennen)

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DETROIT (AP) — 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.

Murphy said Wednesday that detectives also have no evidence that Tennen's mouth was stapled during the attack as he maintains.

The 19-year-old from Franklin in Oakland County is recovering from jaw surgery. Tennen's father, 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.

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