London Banker Denies Being Jogger Who Pushed Woman in Buss Path
Eric Bellquist, a partner at Hutton Collins & Co., denied that he was the jogger who pushed a woman into the path of a bus earlier this year after he was arrested by London police investigating the assault.
The 41-year-old was arrested Thursday by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm during the May 5 incident on Putney Bridge over the Thames River. The private-equity specialist was out of the country when the assault occurred, his lawyer said.
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 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.
The woman tried to speak to the man when he ran across the other side of the bridge 15 minutes later but he failed to acknowledge her, police said. Police released video of the incident, and said they got a good response from requests for information about the jogger.
“Our client has been wrongly implicated in this matter,” lawyers at Duncan Lewis solicitors said in a 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."
Bellquist, a graduate of the University of Colorado, joined Hutton Collins in 2002 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.