Putney Bridge jogger push suspect eliminated from inquiry

Eric Bellquist said he was not in the UK at the time of the attack

Bellquist, who previously worked for Lehman Brothers and is now employed by Hutton Collins Partners, was arrested this week in Chelsea on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

A man arrested on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of a bus while jogging has been eliminated from the investigation.

A video released by London Police shows a man in a light gray t-shirt and blue athletic shorts running on the sidewalk along Putney Bridge, which crosses the River Thames in Southwest London.

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Bellquist, who was later released on bail, has not been charged with a crime in connection with the incident.

Mr Bellquist, a top boss at the Wagamama and Byron restaurant chains, says he has "irrefutable proof" he was in the USA at the time of the incident, which took place at 7.40am on May 5.

The 41-year-old was taken into custody after CCTV footage emerged showing a jogger shoving the woman onto the road, narrowly missing an oncoming double-decker bus.

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

But lawyers for Eric Bellquist said in a statement Friday that their client has a clear alibi.

Bus operator Go-Ahead London has praised the driver, who swerved to avoid the victim and then stopped to provide assistance.

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Police say the victim saw the man crossing back over the bridge and tried to stop him, but he kept jogging. The driver went on to say he is also pleased to have been able to react like he did and that the woman received no serious injuries.

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