As a man runs down a sidewalk of the busy Putney Bridge in London, a red bus travels several feet behind him on the road. A woman walks in the opposite direction toward a subway station at the end of the bridge.
As the two are about to pass each other, the jogger, with one swift motion of his right arm, shoves the woman toward the road — into the path of the oncoming bus. He keeps running, as the woman's upper body dangles in front of the bus. But the driver manages to swerve, narrowly missing her.
The brief but shocking encounter was captured on a closed-circuit video that London Metropolitan Police released this week. The incident happened three months ago, at about 7:40 a.m. on May 5, but investigators have been unable to find the jogger, so they decided to release the video, a police spokesman said.
“The victim was put in extreme danger when she was knocked into the road,” Sgt. Mat Knowles said in a statement. “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 shows 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.
Police describe the jogger as a man in his early- to mid-30s with brown eyes and short brown hair.
“We are keen to speak with the jogger in the CCTV about what happened that morning,” Knowles said. “We would urge him or anyone who recognizes him to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
The spokesman said he does not know details of the investigation's progress.
The woman, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries from the incident, police said.
Anyone with information about the jogger's identity is asked to call the Putney Safer Neighborhood Team at 020 8785 8874.
The 700-foot Putney Bridge runs across River Thames and connects two areas in southwest London, Putney and Fulham.