Death threats for Londoner suspected of pushing woman in front of bus

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The original suspect in the case of a London jogger who pushed a woman into the path of a bus on a busy London road is in hiding after receiving scores of online death threats.

Eric Bellquist was arrested and then released on bail after being suspected of causing grievous bodily harm - but he denies being the man responsible, saying he has proof he was in the US.

The 41-year-old was taken into custody after CCTV footage emerged showing a jogger shoving the woman onto the road, narrowly missing an oncoming double-decker bus.

The Mail on Sunday reports that Mr Bellquist has now been forced to hire personal bodyguards - who are apparently ex-SAS veterans - after online death threats were issued.

Lawyers for Mr Bellquist say the threats are especially unreasonable because he has proof he wasn't the man responsible.

"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," Duncan Lewis Solicitors said.

Images of the near-death experience show the woman, 33, walking on the east side of Putney Bridge in west London, heading towards Putney Bridge Tube Station.

The video from 7:40am on May 5 shows the jogger run across the bridge with the bus behind him. He runs past a pedestrian before appearing to shove the woman onto the road as the bus arrives.

Sergeant Mat Knowles says it is thanks to the "superb quick reactions of the bus driver" that she was not hit.

After the bus ground to a halt, passengers assisted the victim, who received minor injuries.

The Metropolitan Police says about 15 minutes later the runner returned in the other direction across the bridge, but when the woman attempted to speak to him, he "did not acknowledge her".