The man arrested over a woman pushed in front of a bus on London’s Putney Bridge is a millionaire US investment banker who says he was not in the country when the offence took place, it has emerged.
Eric Bellquist was arrested following a police appeal after a 33-year-old woman was knocked down and only survived thanks to the quick reflexes of a double-decker bus driver, in footage captured on CCTV.
He was held by officers on Thursday before being released pending further enquiries.
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A statement issued by the law firm acting for Mr Bellquist said: “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.”
Mr Bellquist works for private capital investment firm Hutton Collins, which says he is on the boards of Byron Hamburgers and Wagamama and was responsible for the firm’s investment in Caffè Nero.
He lives in Chelsea, according to MailOnline, and has been with the firm since 2002.