SYDNEY – A homeless man who hit a shopping cart on a knife-carrying attacker who threatened the police, was hyls…
SYDNEY – A homeless man who hit a shopping cart on a knife-carrying attacker who threatened the police, was hyls and rewarded for his actions, but insists he’s not a hero.
Michael Rogers arose from an audience of spectators during the attack on Friday afternoon in central Melbourne, Australia, in which one person was fatal and two others injured.
Social media users have dubbed Roger’s “Trolleyman” and an online fundraiser for him through registered charity organizations Melbourne Homeless Collective had raised more than $ 72,000 ($ 100,000 AUD) on Monday mornings.
“Our hero is humble as may be and had no idea about this collection,” reads the GoFundMe page. “He’s amazing.” We believe that his efforts deserve a reward that can really help him. “
In interviews with Australian media, Rogers, 46, insisted he is not a hero.” I threw the wagon straight to him and I have him. However, I did not really understand him. I’m not a hero, “he told Channel Seven.
He also told Melbourne’s Age newspaper that he had been on the wrong side of the law himself. The paper reported that he had been” in and out of prison “for about 20 years, including a five-year sentence for aggravated burglary, and that he had a long history of drug abuse.
” I have not had good experience with the police, “told Rogers to write Friday was a” Attack of the moment. “
Somali-born Australian Hassain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, shocked three men on Friday’s street attack and killed a well-known restaurateur and injured two other men.
Sisto Malaspina, 74, died a short while from the popular Pellegrinis Espresso Bar he had been driving for more than 40 years. The other two men recovered at a hospital from life-threatening injuries.
Victoria State Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said Shire Ali had also done an “unsophisticated” plan for his vehicles to explode to cause many more deaths. He had placed several barbecue gas containers in his pickup, but they failed to ignite.
Shire Ali was known for federal police and his Australian passports were suspended in 201
5 without planning to travel to Syria to fight the Islamic state group.
Rogers won praise from society, where important Victorian police officials shared in their reaction.
Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said that Roger’s help was appreciated by the police on the scene. “There is no doubt that he acted bravely,” he told ABC radio. “His help was greatly appreciated.”
But later, Paternal superintendent, Commissioner Graham Ashton, said while Roger’s actions could have led to a tragic outcome.
“I do not like to criticize people in that situation, he is Ashton told Melbourne Radio 3AW.
” But if a wagon had hit a police and hit him over and then this man was on top of him , could it have had a tragic consequence. Fortunately, in this case, did not. “