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Australia's “Trolleyman” was celebrated for ramming street attacks

By Trevor Marshallsea | AP November 11 at 11.30 SYDNEY – A homeless man who hit a shopping cart on…

SYDNEY – A homeless man who hit a shopping cart on a knife-carrying attacker who threatened the police 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 Melbourne, Australia, where one person was fatal and two others injured.

Social media users have dubbed Rogers “Trolleyman” and an online fundraiser for him of registered charity Melbourne Homeless Collective had raised more than $ 72,000 ($ 100,000 AUD) on Monday mornings.

“Our hero is humble as possible and had no idea about this collection,” reads the GoFundMe page. “He’s amazing.” We believe 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 right at him , and I got him. However, I did not really understand him. I’m not a hero, “he told Channel Seven.

He also told the Melbourne newspaper newspaper that he had been on the wrong side of the law himself. The paper reported that he had been” in and out of jail “for about 20 years, including a five-year sentence for aggravated burglary, and that he had a long history of drug use.

“I have not had good experience with the police,” Rogers told the paper, adding his move for help on Friday was a ” Attack of the moment “decision.

Somali-born Australian Hassain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, stabbed three men on the street on Friday’s attack, killing a well-known restaurateur and injuring two other men.

Sisto Malaspina, 74, died a short piece from the popular Pellegrinis Espresso Bar that he had been driving for more than 40 years. The other two men recovered from a hospital from life-threatening injuries.

Victoria police commissioner Graham Ashton said Sh Ire Ali had also made 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 discontinued in 2015 without concern he planned to travel to Syria to fight the Islamic state group.

When Rogers won praise from the community, senior Victorian police officers were shared in his reaction.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said that Roger’s help was appreciated by the police on stage. “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 the situation, he is Ashton told him how he looks in front of him” had a tragic consequence. Fortunately, in this case, did not.

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