‘Trolley Man’ Helps Subdue Knife Terrorist in Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is hailing a new hero.
With terrorist attacks happening all around the world, an unlikely hero has risen through the occasion – Trolley Man.
In a report by Business Insider Australia, a homeless man is being hailed as a hero when he rammed a shopping cart to a terrorist with a knife. Identified as Michael Rogers, his story from jail to hero is pretty compelling.
According to sources, Michael has lived a tough life, spending his time in and out of jail due to petty crime and substance abuse.
But now, he is Melbourne’s new hero, and said that he’s just trying to help the police.
Michael said, “I ran, threw the trolley straight at him, got him, but didn’t get him down, I did that motion quite a number of times but it just wasn’t getting him down.”
He added, “It was a spur of the moment thing, the guy was out of control so I just went into action mode and tried to swipe him with the trolley.”
The Independent report confirmed his story, as CCTV footage showed the bravely moving towards the knife attacker.
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One witness said of Michael’s act were, “just instinctive to help the police protect the safety of others.”
His efforts were thanked, and the police officers even shook his hand for his effort to neutralize the attacker.
But despite many hailing him, the man has downplayed his own efforts, and said that he did not quite get him down, therefore he’s “no hero.”
The knife attacker unfortunately, have already claimed one victim before he was subdued. The victim was identified as Sisto Malaspina, co-owner of Pellegrini espresso bar.
The site of the attack remains closed today, while it recovers. The victim is considered by Melbourne to be the “beating heart” of the city, with the government even offering a state funeral for him. Apart from Malaspina, there are other two victims of the knife attack, but they are in a stable condition.
Currently, there is an on-going fundraiser for Melbourne’s new hero, with it going to a trust fund to ensure that it will be spent wisely.
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