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Banker arrested in Putney Bridge investigation released without charge

Jogger knocks woman into path of bus Arrest made after hunt for jogger who 'pushed' woman into path of bus on Putney Bridge
Christy Curtis | 13 August, 2017, 00:25

The 41-year-old San Diego native was arrested Thursday after police believed he was the man captured on May 5 surveillance video pushing a woman toward a bus.

CCTV footage of the push and the initial appeal attracted hundreds of calls from the public after being widely shared on social media.

Eric Bellquist, 41, was arrested by London police on August 10 in connection with the ongoing investigation into the May assault.

Bellquist's lawyer said at the time of his arrest that he "categorically denied" being the man in the video, and has "irrefutable proof" that he was in the United States at the time of the incident. He was later released pending further inquiries.

According to Buzzfeed, Sergeant Mat Knowles, the investigating officer from Putney Safer Neighborhood Team, said: "The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road". Consequently, we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation.

Closed circuit TV footage showed the male runner knocking a 33-year-old woman head-first in front of a bus which just managed to swerve out of her way.

The bus stopped and some passengers got off and rushed to the victim's aid.

The jogger is described as a white man, aged early to mid 30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair.

Many consider the bus driver to be a #Hero for his quick actions.

About 15 minutes later, the suspect passed the woman again on the bridge, going the other way, and ignored her when she tried to talk to him, police said.

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