Update: Ex-Lehman Bro From San Diego Cleared In London Jogger Shoving Incident
Surveillance footage of a May 5 incident on London's Putney Bridge went viral earlier this month after it was released by London authorities. In it, we see a man jogging on the side of the bridge when he suddenly pushes a passing woman to the ground, putting her in the path of a coming bus. Fortunately, the bus swerved and narrowly avoided the woman. According to CBS News, the woman encountered the man again about 15 minutes later, after people had rushed to check on her wellbeing. She said that she saw the same man jogging back across the bridge, but he ignored her calls and jogged away.
Update: The American banker from San Diego initially eyed as a possible suspect has been cleared. [More details below.[
On Thursday, London's Metropolitan Police announced on Facebook that a "man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following police enquiries at an address in the Chelsea area on the morning of Thursday, 10 August." That person was later determined to be 41-year-old Eric Bellquist, who NY Daily News describes as a San Diego native who's been working as an investment baker with London's Hutton Collins Partners since 2002. The Guardian reports that he'd also worked for the now-defunct Lehman Brothers.
Bellquist, who was later released on bail, has not been charged with a crime in connection with the incident. The investigation is ongoing. The law firm representing Bellquist later confirmed on Friday that he was the man arrested, adding that he wasn't the person who'd attacked the woman on Putney Bridge. They made the announcement on Twitter:
2/3 He categorically denies being the individual concerned & has irrefutable proof that he was in the US at the time of the incident— Duncan Lewis Solicitors (@DuncanLewis) August 11, 2017
3/3 Consequently, we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation.— Duncan Lewis Solicitors (@DuncanLewis) August 11, 2017
Bellquist's profile on Hutton Collins Partners's website is still up. It says he currently represents Hutton Collins for the restaurant chains Byron Hamburgers and Wagamama, and had helmed the firm's investment in Caffè Nero.
Update: The Metropolitian Police said that Bellquist "has now been eliminated from the investigation." The jogger is still at large.