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Wagamama and Byron board member says he is ‘wrongly implicated’ in Putney Bridge jogger case

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Wagamama and Byron board member says he is ‘wrongly implicated’ in Putney Bridge jogger case

The man arrested by detectives looking for the jogger who appeared to push a woman in front of a bus in May this year says he has been “wrongly implicated” in the case.

Eric Bellquist is a partner at private equity firm Hutton Collins and represents the business on the boards of restaurant firms Byron and Wagamama.

Police released CCTV footage dating back to 5 May this year which showed a 33-year-old female pedestrian apparently being pushed into the path of a 430 bus by a male jogger. The bus narrowly avoided her and she received minor injuries.

Bellquist, who has been released under investigation pending further inquiries, claimed today through his lawyers that he has “irrefutable proof” he was not the man in question and that he was in the US at the time.

Eric Bellquist denies being the jogger sought by police, claiming he has "irrefutable proof" that he was in the USA at the time.
Eric Bellquist, pictured here in 2014, denies being the jogger sought by police, claiming he has “irrefutable proof” that he was in the US at the time

Scotland Yard said police arrested a 41-year-old man on Thursday at a residential address in Chelsea, west London, on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

Lawyers for Bellquist confirmed he was arrested in relation to the assault.

A statement issued by solicitors Duncan Lewis today said: “This statement is issued in relation to our client Mr Eric Bellquist, who was arrested yesterday in relation to an assault that took place between a male jogger and a female pedestrian on the 5 May 2017 on Putney Bridge, London.

“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.”

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