Will Putney Pusher’s body language finally give him away? Expert reveals jogger’s clenched fists and ‘upright’ running style show he had ‘pent up’ anger – as police chase new leads
- Jogger barged into 33-year-old woman on Putney Bridge in south west London
- Body language expert Judi James believes running style could solve the case
- She said: ‘This terrifying behaviour could be totally in character’
- CCTV footage from morning of May 5, 2017 was only publicised by Met in August
- Police called off search for jogger this year after interviewing over 50 people
The Putney Pusher’s distinctive running style and ‘pent up fury’ body language should help police crack the case, an expert revealed today.
The wanted man, who was caught on CCTV pushing a woman into the path of a London bus in May 2017, runs with clenched fists and an unusually straight back that shows he is prone to ‘red mist’.
Judi James, one of Britain’s leading body language experts, says he is likely to be a successful person without empathy because he knocked over his victim and kept running ‘without breaking his stride’.
And his upright jogging style would be easily recognisable to anyone who knows him, she says.
The hunt for the so-called ‘Putney Pusher’ was called off in June this year with the police admitting defeat in the hunt for the culprit.
He almost killed his victim on the morning of May 5, 2017, but the Met was criticised for failing to launch an appeal for information until three months later.
Police should focus on the Putney Pusher’s ‘pent up fury’ running style because someone will recognise it, a leading body language expert has said
One theory is that that the violent jogger is a foreign national who may now be abroad after a stint in London.
Judi James says footage shows the pusher is supremely confident and didn’t ‘miss a beat’ after the attack – but he ‘may not be a typically aggressive or tempestuous person’.
She told The Sun: ‘This terrifying behaviour could be totally in character — but it could also be an extreme version of a red mist flare-up.
‘This man could believe that section of road is his by right — and believe he was justified in claiming it all.’
Describing the telling moments before and after the attack she added: ‘In terms of his running he barely misses a beat before or after. The push looks as though he places his hands high to her shoulders before almost flicking her away dismissively.
‘This could be down to a sense of entitlement about the space.’
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Officers questioned more than 50 suspects since the attack on the morning of May 5, 2017, but are no closer to identifying the suspect.
The driver of the number 430 bus, hailed a hero for his quick-thinking, managed to steer his 12-ton double decker London bus away from the 33-year-old victim after she was pushed by a jogger passing by in the opposite direction.
Oliver Salbris, 45, said his bus was close to hitting her head and said at the time: ‘The consequences could have been terrible for her – and for me.’
He added that ‘unless he’s a blind jogger’, it appeared to be deliberate.
In light of the police hunt being called, off Mr Salbris said: ‘I think the police have done all they can do, but it’s sad he will not be caught.
‘He should hand himself in. He needs to face up to what he’s done.’
Although the horrifying incident took place on Putney Bridge, in South West London, in May 2017, police chose not to publicise it until the August
CCTV footage of the attack showed the woman walking along the bridge heading to work at 7.40am with the jogger coming towards her
Since the police appeal in August, they have followed a number of leads, but have failed to find the true perpetrator of the freak crime
Although the horrifying incident took place on Putney Bridge, in South West London, in May, police chose not to publicise it until August.
CCTV footage of the attack showed the woman walking along the bridge heading to work at 7.40am with the jogger coming towards her.
But as he passed her on the pavement the man shoved her into the path of the oncoming bus.
She stumbled head-first but Mr Salbris, whose bus was only travelling at 12mph, was able to move out of the way.
Since the police appeal in August, they have followed a number of leads, but have failed to find the true perpetrator of the freak crime.
In September last year a 41-year-old American businessman was arrested at his £2million flat but it was later proven that he was in the US at the time of the attack.
Another man was also quickly questioned after the appeal but was cleared of any involvement.
Four months after that, detectives released a further image of the suspect, who has brown hair and eyes and is thought to be in his thirties.
But the search has now come to a close after seemingly unfruitful investigations.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Officers looked at over 50 people of interest during the course of the investigation; all of them were researched, reviewed and eventually eliminated.
‘The matter was investigated fully with all reasonable lines of enquiry completed.
‘As a suspect has not been identified and as all lines of enquiry have now been exhausted the investigation has been closed.
‘Should any new information come to like this will be explored.’
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