Australia ‘trolley hero’ faces police charges

A homeless man who used his shopping trolley to try to ram a knife-wielding attacker in Melbourne has been charged with offences including burglary and theft.

Michael Rogers, dubbed “Trolley Man” online, was filmed on Friday trying to prevent Hassan Khalif Shire Ali from stabbing two police officers.

The suspect had already killed a cafe owner and injured two other people. He was later shot by police and died in hospital. Mr Rogers was called in by police for questioning on Friday.

Michael Rogers, 46,pushed the trolley repeatedly at Hassan Khalif Shire Ali as the 30-year-old man attempted to stab police.

Australian media reported that the five alleged offences – two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and committing an indictable offence while on bail – had taken place before the 9 November attack.

Mr Rogers has been hailed as a hero for his efforts to prevent Shire Ali from stabbing two police officers.
Media captionThe attacker set a car on fire and stabbed three people. At the time he was only metres from a burning car full of gas cylinders, which the attacker had set alight near Bourke Street, a busy road in the city centre.

It was set up by Donna Stolzenberg, founder of the charity Melbourne Homeless Collective, to help get him back on his feet.

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