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Jogger attack suspect: I was in US at the time

11 August 2017 National News

A man held on suspicion of pushing a woman into the path of a bus while jogging has denied any involvement.

Eric Bellquist says he has “irrefutable proof” he was in the US at the time of the incident in Putney, southwest London, according to a statement released by his lawyer.

The over the 5 May incident.

The suspect has been released pending further investigation.

Image: A police photo of the jogger

“Our client has been wrongly implicated in this matter,” said the statement.

“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 showed how the victim, a 33-year-old woman, was walking across Putney Bridge when a runner knocked her into the road.

The woman was put in “extreme” danger and only avoided a passing double-decker bus because of the quick reactions of its driver, police said.

About 15 minutes later, the jogger is said to have made his way back across the bridge, and although the victim tried to speak to him he did not acknowledge her and carried on.

The woman suffered minor injuries in the incident.

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