Bernhard Goetz arrested for selling marijuana to undercover officer in police sting

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A New York man dubbed the "subway vigilante" after he shot four youths in 1984 was arrested Friday for allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover officer, Sgt. Carlos Nieves told CNN.

Bernhard Goetz, 65, met the female undercover officer at Union Square Park on Friday and agreed to sell her marijuana, according to Nieves.

He then went to his nearby apartment to pick up the drugs, Nieves added.

After an exchange of the marijuana for $30, the undercover officer walked away and field members of the Manhattan south Narcotics Division swooped in to arrest Goetz, police told CNN.

The arrest took place about a block away from Goetz's home in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, according to police.

Goetz is charged with criminal possession, criminal sale and unlawful possession of marijuana, Nieves told CNN. He remains in custody and is awaiting arraignment.

Goetz was previously the subject of national attention when he shot four black teenagers on December 22, 1984, aboard a Manhattan subway car.

Goetz, who is a white man, was later charged with four counts of attempted murder.

The four victims said they asked Goetz for $5 as they were panhandling for money to play video games.

During his trial, Goetz testified that he felt threatened and believed he was being robbed when he fired several rounds into the youths.

Goetz was acquitted of murder and assault charges in the shooting, but was convicted of illegal possession of a weapon. He served less than nine months behind bars.

The incident took place at a time when race relations were strained and crime levels were high in New York City.

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