Jogger arrested, accused of pushing woman in front of London bus

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

That person was later determined to be 41-year-old Eric Bellquist, who NY Daily News describes as a San Diego native who's been working as an investment baker with London's Hutton Collins Partners since 2002.

Police in London have not filed charges in the case of a man who pushed a woman into the path of an oncoming bus that swerved to avoid her.

Video footage of the incident, on Putney Bridge, west London, on May 5, went viral this week.

Mr Bellquist, a top boss at the Wagamama and Byron restaurant chains, says he has "irrefutable proof" he was in the United States at the time of the incident, which took place at 7.40am on May 5. "Consequently we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation", Duncan Lewis Solicitors said in a statement.

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The Metropolitan Police says about 15 minutes later the runner returned in the other direction across the bridge, but when the woman attempted to speak to him, he "did not acknowledge her".

Sergeant Mat Knowles says it is thanks to the "superb quick reactions of the bus driver" that she was not hit. 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.

In the meanwhile, since #London Police released the dramatic CCTV footage, they have reportedly received excellent feedback from the public.

"He is pleased to have been able to react the way he did and that there was no serious injury to the lady".

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