'Trolley Man' behind bars after being charged
A man hailed as a hero for trying to stop a terrorist has spent the night in jail, after being charged over a series of Melbourne burglaries.
Michael Rogers, who has been sleeping rough for 18 years, was dubbed the Bourke Street 'Trolley Man' after he was caught on camera trying to fight off terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali with a shopping trolley during last Friday's rampage.
But his heroic act was quickly overshadowed after the police announced on Thursday Mr Rogers was wanted in connection with break-ins in Melbourne's CBD and St Kilda areas.
A Victoria Police spokesperson confirmed to 9News.com.au Mr Rogers presented himself to authorities about 10pm yesterday.
He was questioned by detectives before being charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and committing an indictable offence whilst on bail.
He was remanded in custody and will appear at the Melbourne’s Magistrates’ Court today.
A fundraising page was launched to thank Mr Rogers for his bravery and to give him a second chance in life after last week’s terrorist attack.
The page was shared thousands of times online and has raised more than $144,300 in just five days through more than 5175 individual donations.
The organiser of the account, Donna Zen, said the funds would be held in a trust account by accountants to ensure Mr Rogers is "financially guided as he moves forward".
"He's an absolutely incredible human," GoFundMe organiser, Donna Zen, wrote on the page.
But while many have congratulated Mr Rogers for his "heroic actions" on Bourke Street, others have questioned whether the fundraiser should have been launched.
It appears the comment section of the fundraising page has been closed.
Others on the fundraising page are now calling for the money to be donated to charity.
9News.com.au has contact the owner of the GoFundMe page but has not received a response.
It's been more than one week since Melbourne's CBD descended into chaos when Shire Ali lit his car on fire on Bourke Street.
He then fatally stabbed iconic restaurateur Sisto Malaspina and injured two others before being shot by police.
Anyone with information about Mr Rogers is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.