£74,000 floods in for homeless hero who rammed killer

£74,000 floods in for homeless hero who rammed killer

The attacker's ute continued to burn metres away on the street, where - unbeknownst to police and the fearless bystanders - there were unexploded barbecaue gas canisters in the back. "He was a radical, extremist, terrorist, who took a knife to another Australian because he had been radicalised in this country, and we can't give him excuses", he told Network Ten this morning.

A GoFundMe page was set up on Saturday in appreciation of the 46-year-old, raising more than $45,000.

Rogers talked about what was going through his mind at the time saying, "I've seen the trolley to the side, so I've picked it up and I've ran and threw the trolley (shopping cart) straight at him, got him but didn't get him down and I did that motion about, quite a number of times, but it just wasn't getting him down".

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

"We're absolutely blown away by everyone's generosity and spirit in helping our hero "Trolleyman", get back on his feet".

Michael Rogers, nicknamed "Trolley Man" on social media, repeatedly tried to ram the attacker, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, who was lunging at police and had earlier stabbed three people, one fatally, in Friday's attack.

"I haven't had good experiences with police, ' Mr Rogers said, adding his move to help was a 'spur of the moment" decision.

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One man, Sisto Malasspina, the co-owner of a popular Italian restaurant in Melbourne, died later in hospital. In a mark of his community renown, Malaspina will be given a state funeral next week.

A homeless man who intervened in a terror attack in the Australian city of Melbourne Friday has been hailed a hero, with over $80,000 (AUD 116,000) donated to a fund to thank him. He had placed several barbecue gas canisters in his vehicle, but they failed to ignite.

His passport was even cancelled in 2015, over fears he would travel overseas and fight for Islamic State.

While Mr Rogers won praise from the community, senior Victorian police officials were divided in their reaction. "His assistance was greatly appreciated".

"Look, you just have to be a bit careful about - in that situation how close you do get - because he could have been injured himself", Mr Ashton told Weekend Today.

"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. Luckily in this case, it didn't".

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