Wednesday, 23 August, 2017

Putney Bridge jogger search resumes after police clear suspect

Arrest made after hunt for jogger who 'pushed' woman into path of bus on Putney Bridge Man arrested after woman pushed in front of London bus
Sammy Stanley | 13 August, 2017, 01:26

Eric Bellquist, an American investment banker and a partner at a private equity firm in London, has been arrested in connection with a frightening attack that saw a woman shoved into the path of an oncoming bus.

A statement released by lawyers representing the man said "Our client has been wrongly implicated in this matter".

The 41-year-old had been detained on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after the woman was shoved into the road on Putney Bridge in southwest London in May of this year.

Surveillance camera footage shows a jogger in shorts and T-shirt banging into a pedestrian, who tumbles in front of a double-decker bus.

This afternoon, Metropolitan Police announced Mr Bellquist had been eliminated from the investigation, while the hunt for the jogger continues.

The video shows the 33-year-old woman, who was not identified, falling to the pavement and the bus quickly swerving to avoid her head.

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The incident happened at 7.41am on May 5, but a police manhunt went underway when the footage was released on August 8. Passengers from the bus rushed to her aid.

"The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road". She barely missed being hit by a bus.

Officers are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the incident or anyone who recognises the jogger in the CCTV to get in touch.

The jogger came back across the bridge 15 minutes later and refused to acknowledge the victim when she confronted him.

The man remains in custody in a south London police station.

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