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