American financier Eric Bellquist was detained on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a 33-year-old woman was bumped into the path of a bus on a bridge
Alleged ‘jogger-rage’ incident between a male jogger and a female pedestrian happened on Putney Bridge in London, UK on May 5, 2017
Investment banker Bellquist, 50, was arrested, Thursday in London for the ‘shove’
Bellquist’s lawyers said he was not even in the UK at the time of the incident
American investment banker Eric Bellquist, was arrested in London for the ‘shove’. Bellquist said he was not even in the UK at the time of the incident
An investment banker from California has been arrested on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of a London bus, but he claims he was in the U.S. when the incident took place.
Eric Bellquist has “irrefutable proof” he was not in the United Kingdom when the alleged shove took place in May, his lawyers say.
London authorities released surveillance video earlier this week in hopes of finding a suspect.
Bellquist was arrested Thursday in Chelsea, London on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, according to the BBC.
The arrest comes after shocking the video showed the 33-year-old woman being bumped onto a road on the Putney Bridge, where a double-decker bus was approaching.
The bus driver with lightning-fast reflexes has been hailed as a hero for quickly swerving the vehicle to avoid running her over.
Shortly before news emerged of an arrest, the driver’s colleagues said he deserves a medal for his prowess behind the wheel.
“He’s a hero and deserves a medal for saving that poor woman’s life.” a fellow driver said Thursday, the Evening Standard reported. “We’re used to having to dodge cyclists but to have to witness a woman being pushed in front of your bus is scary – he’s definitely a hero.”
CTV image, shows a male jogger on Putney Bridge in London.
The frightening incident occurred as the Go Ahead London 430 bus from Roehampton to South Kensington crossed the bridge at 7:40 a.m. May 5, the paper reported.
After stopping to help the woman, the driver promptly returned to work.
“It’s horrific to think what could have happened if the driver wasn’t able to act as quick as he did, or if he’d been checking mirrors at that moment,” his co-worker said, the Standard reported.
“To have the precision to also avoid all the other cars, people and other traffic should be commended,” he said. “These situations are where our training and experience are put to the test, that’s why he managed to act so quickly.”
The jogger ran back across the bridge 15 minutes later, ignoring the victim’s pleas to stop as continued his run.
The CCTV video from London’s Met police shows the jogger approaching.
The man arrested in the “jogger rage” attack in London is a 50-year-old American who is a partner at a private equity firm in an affluent section of the city, according to a report.
Eric Bellquist was detained on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a 33-year-old woman was bumped into the path of a bus on a bridge, the London Evening Standard reported.
The graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder has denied being the jogger — saying he was in the US at the time of the May 5 incident on the Putney Bridge, according to the paper.
Bellquist works for Hutton Collins Partners, which owns restaurant chains, and sits on the chains’ boards as a non-executive director. He previously worked for Lehman Brothers.
He was arrested Thursday morning at a Chelsea address, questioned at a south London police station and released without being charged as the probe continues, police said.
His legal team told the Standard that he was “wrongly implicated in this matter.”
“He categorically denies being the individual concerned and has irrefutable proof that he was in the United States at the time of the incident,” Duncan Lewis solicitors said in a statement.
“Consequently we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation.”
The jogger was seen on video appearing to swerve into the woman, knocking her into the road as a double-decker approached and stopped inches from her.
The victim is in the foreground.
The jogger shoves the 33-year-old woman into the oncoming traffic [right]
The woman, who suffered bruising and back pain, saw the jogger running back across the bridge 15 minutes later and pleaded for him to stop but he didn’t break stride.
Police officer Mat Knowles said he received many reports of similar incidents across London.
“It is perhaps more prevalent than I had first thought. Perhaps it is being under-reported,” he said.
Knowles praised the “superb quick reactions” of the bus driver, who said he was “just doing his job.”
“He is pleased to have been able to react the way he did and that there was no serious injury to the lady,” said his employer, Go Ahead London, the Standard reported.
Bellquist was taken to a south London police station for questioning, and was later released pending further inquiries, according to cops.