Eric Bellquist a US investment banker implicated as being the London Bridge Pusher denies any involvement, insisting he was in the US at the time. But was he?
The claim comes despite the man being outed by UK authorities over an incident in May which saw the pedestrian being pushed on London’s Putney Bridge into the path of an oncoming double-decker bus.
Fortunately the bus driver was able to swerve at the last minute, narrowly avoiding running over the woman, as Bellquist, who’d allegedly assaulted the woman continued jogging along the path.
Taken into custody on Thursday, Bellquist’s lawyers claim they have ‘irrefutable proof’ that the banker was in the United States at the time of the incident. This despite claims by authorities that video links the runner as Bellquist.
Read a statement issued on behalf of the banker, a partner at London-based investment firm Hutton Collins: ‘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.’
Bellquist, who lives in Chelsea, west London, joined Hutton Collins in 2002.
According to a report via the dailymail, the banker has represented the merchant bank in the course of various transactions, within the field of leisure, media/telecom and manufacturing sectors.
Bellquist currently represents Hutton Collins on the boards of Byron Hamburgers and was responsible for the firm’s investment in Caffè Nero.
Prior to Hutton Collins, the banker worked in the European Leveraged Finance and Sponsor Coverage group at Lehman Brothers. The man’s Linkeln profile identified him graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Meanwhile, the driver of the London bus who swerved to avoid the woman who was pushed over has insisted he was ‘just doing his job’.
Footage of the May 5 incident, which took place circa 7.40 am that morning was released by Scotland Yard earlier this week, showing a man running over Putney Bridge and apparently knocking a woman into the path of an oncoming double-decker.
The incident led to the woman incurring minor injuries, in what could have been otherwise instant death had it not been for the quick reflexes of the bus driver.
A senior source from the bus company ‘Go Ahead London’ said it was only down to the slow speed of the vehicle that the accident did not result in serious injury.
Told the bus operator via 5 News: ‘The driver commented that he is pleased to have been a hero, he was just doing his job.
‘He is pleased to have been able to react the way he did and that there was no serious injury to the lady.’
The driver, whose identity hasn’t been publicly revealed is understood to have been driving buses for ten years.
Police said a 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm at an address in the Chelsea area of London yesterday morning following a public appeal.
He was taken to a south London police station and was released pending further enquiries, Metropolitan Police said.
Officers claimed the jogger ran the other way across the bridge around 15 minutes later and the victim attempted to speak to him, but ‘he did not acknowledge her’.
Speaking earlier this week, sergeant Mat Knowles said: ‘After he pushed her he ran across the bridge and 15 minutes later came back.
‘By this time the members of the public who had helped the woman were gone and she tried to talk to him as he ran past her but he just ignored her.
The close call has once again re-ignited heated debate amongst Londoners of ‘aggressive joggers’ who believe they have the right of road, along with what some may construe to be the ‘larger than life’ attitude of some of the city’s bankers as they go about being ‘masters of the universe.’
To date, Eric Bellquist remains free as authorities decide whether to bring charges forward or not.