Sus­pect cleared in case of jog­ger push­ing woman into path of bus in Lon­don

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Lon­don po­lice thought they had caught the most­sought jog­ger in Eng­land, but they hadn’t.

A man who au­thor­i­ties ar­rested last week for al­legedly push­ing a woman into the path of an on­com­ing bus was re­leased af­ter he gave an ad­e­quate al­ibi as to where he was at the time of the of­fense, a spokesman for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said Sat­ur­day.

The ar­rest Thurs­day came af­ter po­lice re­leased a video show­ing a man, who was jog­ging on a side­walk on the bustling Put­ney Bridge, shov­ing a woman to­ward the road and con­tinue run­ning. The woman’s up­per body dan­gled in front of the bus, forc­ing the driver to swerve to nar­rowly miss her.

The 700-foot Put­ney Bridge runs across the River Thames and con­nects two ar­eas in south­west Lon­don, Put­ney and Ful­ham.

Lon­don po­lice re­leased the closed-cir­cuit video of the in­ci­dent early last week to try to iden­tify the sus­pect. The in­ci­dent oc­curred three months ago, at about 7:40 a.m. May 5, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been un­able to find the jog­ger.

“The vic­tim was put in ex­treme dan­ger when she was knocked into the road,” Sgt. Mat Knowles said in a state­ment at the time of the video’s re­lease. “It was only due to the su­perb quick re­ac­tions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the ve­hi­cle.”

The be­gin­ning of the video showed an­other man walk­ing sev­eral feet ahead of the woman. The jog­ger passed by him and then ap­peared to reach to­ward the woman as she was walk­ing.

Po­lice said the bus stopped af­ter the woman fell, and pas­sen­gers rushed to help her. About 15 min­utes later, the jog­ger came back. The woman tried to speak with him, but he ig­nored her and kept run­ning, po­lice said.

The woman, who was not iden­ti­fied, suf­fered mi­nor in­juries from the in­ci­dent, po­lice said.

On Thurs­day, while an­nounc­ing the ar­rest, po­lice said they “re­ceived a good re­sponse from the ap­peal” but were still look­ing for ad­di­tional wit­nesses.

But the man they ap­pre­hended had an al­ibi. BBC re­ported that the man’s lawyer said his client was in the United States at the time of the in­ci­dent.

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