In March 1985, soon after being released from the hospital for the treatment of his gunshot wound, James Ramseur falsely reported to police that two men hired by Goetz had kidnapped and attempted to kill him. In May of that year, Ramseur held the gun while an associate raped, sodomized and robbed a pregnant eighteen-year-old woman on the rooftop of the Bronx building where he lived, and in 1986 was sentenced to 8⅓ to 25 years in prison. Barry Allen committed two robberies after the shooting, one of them a chain snatching in the elevator of the building where he lived. The second arrest brought him a sentence of up to four years for probation violation.
As of 2005, Goetz was again living in New York City and had run for both Mayor (in 2001) and Public Advocate (2005). Goetz has stated that while he did not expect to be elected, he did hope to bring attention to issues in the public interest. He is also an advocate for vegetarianism and the serving of vegetarian lunches in the New York City public school system. Goetz is also involved in the squirrel community of New York. He installs squirrel houses, feeds squirrels and performs first aid. He occasionally gives media interviews about the 1984 subway incident that suddenly brought his private life into the public eye. He sells and services electronic test equipment through his company "Vigilante Electronics". In the 2002 film Every Move You Make, Goetz played a criminalist who teaches a female stalking victim how to use a concealed-carry weapon. In 2004, twenty years after the incident, Goetz was interviewed by Nancy Grace on Larry King Live, where he stated that his actions helped precipitate the drop in crime experienced in New York City in the early 1990s