Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Melbourne Grateful to ‘Trolley Man’ Who Confronted Bourke Street Attacker

Melbourne Grateful to ‘Trolley Man’ Who Confronted Bourke Street Attacker

The homeless man who stopped a knife attack is about to come into some life-changing money.

He said he spent years behind bars for burglary and had a long history of drug use, according to The Age.

"We're absolutely blown away by everyone's generosity and spirit in helping our hero "Trolleyman" get back on his feet", an update on the GoFuneMe page read. "Mr Rogers bravely shoved a shopping trolley at the terrorist in an attempt to assist police in his capture", said the GoFundMe page set up by the Melbourne Homeless Collective.

When tracked down by reporters, Mr Rogers, 46, told 7 News: "I threw the trolley straight at him, and I got him". Two others are recovering in Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The original goal for the page was to raise $15,000 but in a matter of just 15 hours the GoFundMe page had raised an impressive $35,000 and continued to rise with the toll now sitting at nearly $100,000.

Shire Ali had mounted a footpath in a vehicle packed with gas cylinders before getting out and stabbing three people, one fatally.

Shire Ali had just mounted the footpath in a auto packed with gas cylinders before launching a knife attack in which he stabbed three people, one fatally. He was known to ASIO and had his passport cancelled in 2015, it is understood to prevent him travelling to Syria to join Islamic State, but was not being actively monitored.

Malaspina's family have today released a statement thanking both the city and first responders, and have also accepted the offer from the Daniels government for a Sisto to be given a rare state funeral after his family accepted the offer from the Andrews government.

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Just three days before he was born, a seriously well-cooked mum Pippa and hubby had been among the 800 guests inside St. Michael is also the name of Pippa's father and it appears William is a nod to Pippa's brother-in-law Prince William.

While Rogers won praise from the community, senior Victorian police officials were divided in their reaction.

Mr Stevens told ABC Radio Adelaide while videos could be useful evidence for police, he anxious some people were choosing to film rather than offer assistance.

One such cynic is Victorian Police's commissioner Graham Ashton, who told 3AW today that Mr Rogers' actions could have had potentially unsafe consequences.

"His assistance was greatly appreciated".

"I don't like to criticise people in that situation, he's acting instinctively about what he's looking at in front of him", Mr Ashton told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

"But if a trolley had hit a police member and knocked him over and then this offender got on top of him, we could have had a tragic outcome".

Graham Ashton said Mr Rogers' actions could have ended tragically. "Luckily in this case, it didn't".

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