Man held over jogging push on Putney Bridge eliminated as suspect

Philip Whiteside, News Reporter

A man arrested on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of the bus while jogging will not face any further action, police have said.

On Thursday, the 41-year-old man was arrested after CCTV was earlier released showing the woman narrowly avoiding serious injury on Putney Bridge, southwest London.

He was released on the same day pending further inquiries.

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

A Met Police statement said: "Following enquiries, he has now been eliminated from the investigation.

"Enquiries continue to identify the jogger who pushed the female pedestrian into the road."

The 33-year-old victim was walking across Putney Bridge at about 7.40am on 5 May, when the incident occurred.

According to the Met Police, the runner appeared to push her, knocking her into the road.

She was walking toward the Putney Bridge tube station side of the Thames at the time, and the jogger was heading towards Putney.

The bus she narrowly avoided stopped and some passengers got off, rushing to the victim's aid.

She suffered minor injuries, a force statement said.

About 15 minutes after the incident occurred, the jogger came back across the bridge, towards Fulham and Chelsea.

The victim attempted to speak to him but he did not acknowledge her and continued running, the Met said.

Officers are continuing to appeal for information and asked anyone who knows who he is to get in touch.

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