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American Is Cleared After Woman Is Shoved Into Path of London Bus


Jogger Pushes Pedestrian in Front of Bus

A surveillance camera video released by the police shows the moment a male jogger shoved a woman into the path of an oncoming bus on a bridge.


LONDON — A man who was arrested after a woman was shoved into the path of a London bus has been released and eliminated as a suspect in the incident, the police said on Saturday.

The man, Eric Bellquist, a 41-year-old American investment banker, was taken into custody on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after the police published a video of the violent encounter. The authorities asked the public to help identify the jogger, who was filmed shoving the woman in front of a bus on Putney Bridge. The woman suffered minor injuries.

Mr. Bellquist denied being the man in the video, and his lawyers released a statement saying that their client had been wrongly implicated and that there was “irrefutable proof” that he was in the United States during the time of the incident, which took place on May 5.

The Metropolitan Police said on Saturday that the search for the jogger was continuing after a “good response” from the public.


An image from surveillance video of the jogger sought by the London police. Credit London Metropolitan Police, via European Pressphoto Agency

The video shows the 33-year-old woman, who was not identified, falling to the pavement and the bus quickly swerving to avoid her head. Passengers from the bus rushed to her aid.

After shoving her onto the road, the jogger is seen running off. The police said he returned 15 minutes later on the other side of the bridge but would not acknowledge the victim.

The video was widely shared online after the police published it last week under the hashtag “Road-rage jogger.”

Source: NYT > World

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