NEW YORK — Bernhard H. Goetz, who surrendered to police and admitted shooting four youths on the subway, Friday turned down an offer to post his $50,000 bail.
A man who said that he identified with Goetz because he had once been mugged appeared with a $50,000 cashier's check that was "seemingly bona fide," Correction Department spokesman Edward Hershey said. The man, who was accompanied by a reporter from the New York Post, identified himself as Jose Gonzalez, a telephone technician, Hershey said.
Goetz, 37, being held on four attempted murder charges in a special unit for endangered or notorious criminals, thanked the would-be benefactor but said: "No thank you. It's not the way I wish to do it," according to Hershey.
Goetz's lawyer, Frank Brenner, said that his client was "in the process of making arrangements to get himself bailed out."
Persons who described themselves as friends and associates of Goetz continued efforts Friday to raise money for a Bernhard Goetz Legal Defense Fund, which they announced after his arraignment Thursday.