Man arrested over Putney Bridge jogger attack eliminated from police inquiry

"Police investigating an assault after a jogger appeared to push a woman into the path of an oncoming bus in Putney have made an arrest", London police said in a statement.

Millionaire American investment banker Eric Bellquist, 41, was held by police in relation to the incident in which the woman was pushed on Putney Bridge.

London police have released a man they arrested earlier this week for allegedly pushing a woman into the path of an oncoming bus.

Eric Bellquist denied through his attorneys that he was even in the United Kingdom at the time.

'Consequently we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation'.

This is an ongoing investigation and London police are now investigating other leads.

In the surveillance video, included here, a jogger can be seen to ignore one pedestrian but to suddenly head straight for the woman, reaching out his hand and sending her flying into the road. She received minor injuries from the incident.

Police have renewed their appeals for people who might recognise the attacker from CCTV footage to come forward. The woman's upper body dangled in front of the bus, forcing the driver to swerve to narrowly miss her. However, around 15 minutes later, the same jogger returned, passing her again on the bridge and running in the other direction.

The bus stopped and some passengers got off and rushed to her aid. It says he now represents Hutton Collins for the restaurant chains Byron Hamburgers and Wagamama, and had helmed the firm's investment in Caffè Nero.

Lawyers for Eric Bellquist stated: "Our client has been wrongly implicated in this matter".

Vanessa Coleman

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