'Trolley Man' fails to turn himself in
Donations continue to pour in for the Bourke Street "trolley man" despite the police wanting to question him over a series of burglaries.
Michael Rogers, who has been sleeping rough for 18 years, picked up the nickname after he attempted to fight off terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali with a shopping cart during last Friday's rampage.
But his heroic act has now been overshadowed after the police announced yesterday that he is wanted in connection with break-ins in Melbourne's CBD and St Kilda areas.
He did not turn himself in overnight and this morning and Victoria Police told 9News.com.au Mr Rogers is still outstanding.
Police allege he has also breached his bail conditions.
Mr Rogers, 46, admitted after the Bourke St fatal terror attack last Friday that he had spent time in jail for burglary and had used drugs.
However, a fundraising page was launched to thank him for his bravery and to give him a second chance in life.
The page was shared thousands of times online and has raised more than $143,900 in just five days through more than 5000 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.
Some negative comments towards Mr Rogers have been deleted from the fundraising page.
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 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 whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.