Putney Bridge jogger: Police have 'range of information' on man who pushed woman in front of bus

Investment banker and unnamed 41-year-old man released as inquiry continues

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Correspondent
@lizziedearden
Tuesday 15 August 2017 11:21
Met Police release footage of jogger pushing woman into oncoming traffic in Putney

Police have issued a fresh appeal for information on a jogger accused of pushing a woman into the path of a bus after releasing a second suspect.

The 41-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Saturday afternoon based on a tip-off from a member of the public.

A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said: “The man was taken to a south London police station and following further enquiries, he was released with no further action later that day.”

The first person wrongly arrested was Eric Bellquist, an American investment banker who had “irrefutable proof” that he was in the US at the time of the incident in May.

A former Lehman Brothers employee, he represents Hutton Collins on the boards of Byron Hamburgers and Wagamama and was responsible for the firm's investment in Caffe Nero.

A legal firm representing Mr Bellquist, who was arrested in Chelsea on Thursday and released without charge two days later, said the hedge fund manager requested privacy amid reported death threats.

Police are appealing for information on the incident on 5 May

“Our client is pleased to have had his name cleared by the Metropolitan Police but obviously very upset to have been implicated at all in this abhorrent crime,” said a spokesperson from Duncan Lewis Ltd.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed Mr Bellquist had been “eliminated from enquiries” while issuing a new appeal for information on the incident on 5 May.

A woman was crossing Putney Bridge towards a nearby Tube station as the man ran in the other direction at around 7.40am.

CCTV captured from the back of a passing bus appears to show the jogger shoving the woman to his right with both hands, causing her to fall head-first into the road.

An approaching bus swerved and narrowly missed the 33-year-old pedestrian, who was left with minor injuries.

The jogger ran back past her as she was being helped by members of the public on the pavement but did not acknowledge the victim when she challenged him, police said.

“Officers continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident or anyone who recognises the jogger pictured on CCTV to get in touch,” a spokesperson added.

“There has been a positive public response to the appeal so far with a range of information provided to investigating officers.

“Some people have simply put forward possible names for the suspect; officers would urge those people to please contact police or Crimestoppers again with as much information as they have so they can follow up those lines of enquiry.”

The jogger is described as white, in his early to mid-30s, with brown eyes and short brown hair. He was wearing a light grey t-shirt and dark blue shorts.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident or anyone who recognises the jogger in the CCTV to get in touch by contacting Putney Safer Neighbourhood Team on 020 8785 8874, calling 101 or tweeting @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.