A U.S. investment banker is accused of being the jogger who shoved a woman into the path of a London bus — but his attorneys claim he has proof he wasn’t even in the country at the time.
Eric Bellquist, 41, a partner at Hutton Collins & Co., was arrested Thursday by London police investigating the May 5 assault on the Putney Bridge.
Pictures of a jogger crossing the south London Bridge during rush hour and pushing a 33-year-old woman into the road were widely shared by British media early this week in a bid to track down the culprit. Police said the man was arrested at a property in the Chelsea area, taken to a south London station and later released.
Law firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors said Friday that its client “has been wrongly implicated,” and reported that Bellquist has “irrefutable proof” he was in the United States on May 5.
The private-equity specialist, a graduate of the University of Colorado, joined Hutton Collins in 2002 after having worked in the leverage finance group at Lehman Brothers, according to his biography on the firm’s website. He sits on the boards of Byron Hamburgers and Wagamama restaurants, the company said.
Surveillance camera footage released Tuesday shows a jogger in shorts and T-shirt banging into a pedestrian, who tumbles in front of a double-decker bus. The bus swerves as she pitches backward off the curb, and then it stops.
The video suggests it’s a deliberate act: The jogger turns toward the woman and gives her a hard shove with both arms.
The initial description described the jogger as being in his 30s. The arrest report at first gave Bellquist’s age as 41, then revised it to 50, then confirmed he is indeed 41.
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