A man arrested after a woman was pushed into the path of a bus by a jogger says he was out of the country at the time of the incident.
A statement by the lawyers of Eric Bellquist say he is innocent and will clear his name of “this wholly untrue allegation” after being “wrongly implicated”, the Mirror Online reports.
Police said they made an arrest of a 41-year-old on Thursday (August 10) after launching an appeal for information on Tuesday (August 8).
The statement from Duncan Lewis Solicitors made to the Mirror Online said: “This statement is issued in relation to our client Mr Eric Bellquist, who was arrested yesterday in relation to an assault that took place between a male jogger and a female pedestrian on the 5th May 2017 on Putney Bridge, London.
“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.”
CCTV footage released earlier in the week showed a jogger appear to push a woman, aged 33, into the path of an oncoming bus as she walked towards the Fulham side of the river.
Officer praised the quick actions of the bus driver, who swerved out of the way to avoid the fallen pedestrian.
Following the public appeal, police said it “had a good response” and that “number of lines of inquiries are being followed up”.
The man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
he has since been released under investigation.
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