By Alexander Robertson

A man arrested on suspicion of being the jogger who pushed a woman into the path of an oncoming bus has been released with no further action.

Millionaire American investment banker Eric Bellquist, 41, was held by police in relation to the incident in which the woman was pushed on Putney Bridge.

But yesterday his lawyers revealed he has irrefutable proof that he was in the United States at the time of the incident, the Daily Mail reported.

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This afternoon, Metropolitan Police announced Mr Bellquist had been eliminated from the investigation, while the hunt for the jogger continues.

A spokesman for the force said that Mr Bellquist, who was arrested on Thursday, was quick to offer evidence that he was out of the country at the time of the assault.

Eric Bellquist says he was in the US at the time - and was released without charge. Photo: Facebook
Eric Bellquist says he was in the US at the time - and was released without charge. Photo: Facebook

However Metropolitan Police did not officially announce he was no longer under suspicion until Saturday afternoon.

The bus managed to swerve at the last minute, narrowly avoiding running over the 33-year-old woman's head.

Yesterday, the law firm acting on behalf of Mr Bellquist, who works for London-based investment firm Hutton Collins, released a statement to say he was in the US at the time of the incident.

It read: "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."

Mr Bellquist, who lives in Chelsea, west London, joined Hutton Collins in 2002.

Over the course of various transactions he has represented Hutton Collins in the leisure, media/telecom and manufacturing sectors.

He currently represents Hutton Collins on the boards of Byron Hamburgers and was responsible for the firm's investment in Caffè Nero.

Officers claimed the jogger ran the other way across the bridge around 15 minutes later and the victim attempted to speak to him, but "he did not acknowledge her".

Speaking earlier this week, sergeant Mat Knowles said: "After he pushed her he ran across the bridge and 15 minutes later came back.

"By this time the members of the public who had helped the woman were gone and she tried to talk to him as he ran past her but he just ignored her."

A senior source from the bus company Go Ahead London said it was only down to the slow speed of the vehicle that the accident did not result in serious injury.