An American investment banker has been arrested on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of a London bus, but he claims he was in the U.S. when the incident took place.
Eric Bellquist has “irrefutable proof” he was not in the United Kingdom when the alleged shove took place in May, his lawyers say.
London authorities released surveillance video earlier this week in hopes of finding a suspect. The Metropolitan Police Service arrested Bellquist on Thursday.
Bellquist was taken to a south London police station for questioning, and was later released pending further inquiries, according to cops.
UK police seek jogger who pushed woman into path of bus
The surveillance video shows the 33-year-old woman walking across Putney Bridge at approximately 7:40 a.m. on May 5. A male jogger can be seen knocking her into the road and into the path of an oncoming bus, which narrowly missed her.
The woman suffered minor injuries. When the jogger came back the other way on the bridge, she tried to speak to him, but he ignored her, according to authorities.
In a statement, Bellquist’s lawyers say that their client has been “wrongly implicated.”
“He categorically denies being the individual concerned and has irrefutable proof that he was in the United States at the time of the incident,” Duncan Lewis Solicitors said in a series of tweets. “Consequently we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation.”
Bellquist is a partner at Hutton Collins Partners, a London-based private equity firm. He previously worked at Lehman Brothers and was educated at the University of Colorado in Boulder, according to his Linkedin profile. He is 41 years old, according to the Guardian.
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