The jogger arrested for allegedly pushing a woman in front of a passing bus has been named and pictured as wealthy American businessman Eric Bellquist.
Bellquist was arrested yesterday after a blurry image of him, running past the bus just seconds after ‘pushing’ a woman in front of it, went viral over the past few days.
The 41-year-old American works as a banker for Mayfair based private equity firm Hutton Collins in the city of London and was arrested at an address in Chelsea, South West London, reports the Daily Mail.
Bellquist has since been released by police as the investigation continues – however his lawyer insists his innocence, claiming he wasn’t even in the country at the time.
A statement released by Bellquist’s lawyer reads:
This statement is issued in relation to our client Mr Eric Bellquist, who was arrested yesterday in relation to an assault that took place between a male jogger and a female pedestrian on the 5th May 2017 on Putney Bridge, London.
The statement continued:
Our client has been 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.
Consequently we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation.
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The alleged assault happened back on May 5 at 7:40am with many claiming that the woman would’ve almost definitely died if it wasn’t for the bus drivers incredible reactions.
Hopefully justice will soon be served.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.