Cash pours in for homeless 'trolley man' who battled terror attacker

Beloved Melbourne Cafe Owner Identified As Victim Of Bourke Street Attack

Beloved Melbourne Cafe Owner Identified As Victim Of Bourke Street Attack

And after the entire country stood still on Friday afternoon as a terrifying terrorist attack took place on Bourke Street in Melbourne, it was handsome to see so many people chip in to raise money for a selfless hero that helped police take down the attacker. More than a dozen terrorist attacks have been prevented in recent years in Australia, but several have taken place, including a cafe siege in Sydney in 2014 where several people, including an Indian techie, were taken hostages and two were killed.

In another intense moment - as Shire Ali was repeatedly trying to stab the police officers - Mr Rogers managed to push the trolley between the attacker and the officers, creating a barrier.

A GoFundMe page entitled "Not All Heroes Wear Capes" was later set up by the Melbourne Homeless Collective charity in order to raise money for Rogers after he was found to be living on the streets. Shopping carts are called "trolleys" in Australia. "We bellieve his efforts deserve a reward that can reallyhelp him out".

He told Channel Seven: "I have seen the trolley to the side, so I've picked it up and I ran and threw the trolley straight at him".

"And I did that motion about - quite a number of times, but it just wasn't getting him down", he said.

The paper reported he had been "in and out of jail" for around 20 years, including a five-year sentence for aggravated burglary, and that he had a long history of drug use.

Somali-born Australian Hassain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, stabbed three men on the street in the attack, killing a well-known restaurateur and wounding two others.

He was the co-owner of popular cafe and bar Pellegrini's Espresso, and was a favourite face amongst Melbournites for decades.

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Mr Ashton said on Monday Victoria Police had a good relationship with the Imam's Council and the state's Muslim community.

His family plan to donate the floral tributes to nursing homes and hospitals to brighten others' lives, just as Mr Malaspina did.

Police said Shire Ali had his Australian passport cancelled in 2015 after an intelligence report that he planned to travel to Syria but an assessment was made that while he had radical views, he posed no threat to national security.

Islamic State (ISIS) said via its propaganda arm that Shire Ali was an "Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation", but provided no evidence to back its claim.

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

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

"It's certainly an act of terror in its intent", Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told ABC Melbourne radio on Monday.

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