On Friday, notorious "subway vigilante" Bernhard Goetz, whose name is practically synonymous with the Bad Old Days™ of NYC, was busted allegedly selling a very small amount of pot to an undercover cop in Union Square. Goetz has been charged with misdemeanor sale and possession of marijuana for the incident. After he was released from jail yesterday, he assured the Post that he wasn't high when he shot four black teens on the subway in 1984: “What an odd question! Of course not!” he said. “I shouldn’t have said, ‘Of course not.’ But to perform as good as that, with shooting, I don’t think you could do it stoned."
Cops say that Goetz, 65 (he turns 66 next Thursday), met the undercover female officer at 15th Street and Fifth Avenue near his Union Square apartment around 5:45 p.m. on Friday. After chatting for a bit, the two walked back to Goetz's apartment to get $30 worth of weed to allegedly sell to her. “It sounds like he was definitely trying to pick her up,” a source told The Post. “But what a pickup line — give me $30."
“This is stupid. I shouldn’t have done it,” Goetz told cops while in custody, according to the prosecution’s account of his arrest. “That was all the marijuana I have. I don’t have any more.” After being released without bail, Goetz compared being locked up to the treatment of carriage horses: “You know how some people complain about the way carriage horses are treated? That they are in a small stall? That is mistreatment,” he said. “In a holding cell, you get very bored. You have no newspapers, you have no anything.”
Goetz, who is an animal rights activist, also waxed poetic about his love for Union Square park squirrels: “I go to Union Square Park, mostly to take care of squirrels. There is a black squirrel that I rescued many months ago who wound up leaving me and wound up in Union Square, and I was taking care of him. And then a few days ago somebody released a little, much smaller, black squirrel — which was unprepared — and I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for that one.”