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Man freed in Putney Bridge jogger probe

Man freed in Putney Bridge jogger probe

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

A man arrested on suspicion of pushing a woman in front of a bus while jogging across a London bridge has been released without charge and eliminated from a police investigation.

The 41-year-old American investment banker was apprehended on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. The bus swerves to narrowly avoid her.

Images of the near-death experience show the woman, 33, walking on the east side of Putney Bridge in west London, heading towards Putney Bridge Tube Station.

On Friday, Eric Bellquist released a statement through his lawyers saying he had "irrefutable proof" he was in the USA at the time.

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According to CBS News, the bus stopped and passengers came to the woman's 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.

She suffered minor injuries, a force statement said. Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses, saying their "inquiries continue".

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

In a statement, police said the man they arrested had been cleared "with no further action" to be taken.

About 15 minutes later, the jogger is said to have made his way back across the bridge, and although the victim tried to speak to him he did not acknowledge her and carried on.


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