16 Agosto 2017 07:19
The viral video is the modern equivalent of the 'wanted' poster
A man who was arrested after a woman was shoved into the path of a London bus has been released and eliminated as a suspect in the incident, the Metropolitan Police said on Saturday.
Eric Bellquist, a 41-year-old American investment banker, was detained on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, but on Saturday police said he had now been eliminated from the inquiry.
The incident was truly chilling. We all get out of bed on the wrong side some days. We've all felt frustration when a person walking towards us in the street refuses to alter his or her trajectory even an iota to avoid a collision. But to go from experiencing a sense of mild annoyance to shoving the person into the road and into the path of an oncoming bus... that displays a whole other level of contempt.
Whether or not that was the man's intention, the fact is that this jogger came very close to being responsible for a woman's death. The victim almost ended up under the wheels of a bus.
This is the video released by police in an attempt to find the man:
The CCTV video of the incident – posted online by the police under the hashtag 'Road-rage jogger' – quickly went viral and has already resulted in one arrest.
The bus swerved just in time and narrowly missed the woman, who suffered minor injuries. She told police she spotted the jogger again 15 minutes later as he ran back across the bridge and tried to talk to him but he ignored her and carried on with his run.
Bellquist had denied being the man in the video from the moment of his arrest. His lawyers released a statement saying that their client had been wrongly implicated and that there was 'irrefutable proof' that he was in the United States during the time of the incident, which took place on Putney Bridge in west London on 5 May.
The Metropolitan Police said on Saturday that the search for the jogger was continuing after a 'good response' from the public.
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