A man who was arrested over an alleged assault after a woman was pushed into the path of an oncoming bus has denied any involvement in the incident.

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

But his lawyers say he has irrefutable proof that he was in the United States at the time of the incident.

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


But today the law firm acting on behalf of 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."

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.

Prior to Hutton Collins, Bellquist worked in the European Leveraged Finance and Sponsor Coverage group at Lehman Brothers. He is a graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Meanwhile, the driver of the London bus who swerved to avoid the woman who was pushed over has insisted he was "just doing his job".


Footage of the incident was released by Scotland Yard earlier this week, showing a man running over Putney Bridge and apparently knocking a woman into the path of an oncoming double-decker.

Bus operators Go Ahead London told 5 News: "The driver commented that he is pleased to have been a hero, he was just doing his job.

"He is pleased to have been able to react the way he did and that there was no serious injury to the lady."

Man arrested over bus-push jogger attack revealed

The man arrested over the incident at Putney Bridge in London had been named as Bellquist.

He was detained by police on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after the woman was narrowly missed by an oncoming bus.

Bellquist denied being the jogger through his lawyer.

He was arrested at an address in Chelsea and later released without being charged.

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

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police investigating an assault after a jogger appeared to push a woman into the path of an oncoming bus in Putney have made an arrest.

"A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm following police inquiries at an address in the Chelsea area on the morning of Thursday, 10 August.

"He was taken to a south London police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation pending further inquiries."

The arrest of Bellquist follows a public appeal to help find the man, with Scotland Yard releasing footage this week in a bid to identify the jogger.

The incident, which occurred on May 5, shows the 33-year-old victim walking across Putney Bridge when a male jogger knocks her over into the road and into the path of an oncoming bus, which narrowly missed hitting her.

The bus stopped and some passengers got off and rushed to the victim's aid. She received minor injuries from the incident.

About 15 minutes later the jogger came back the other way across the bridge. The victim tried to speak to him but he did not acknowledge her and carried on jogging.

Officers continue to appeal for any witnesses to the incident.

- Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph UK