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Ex-Durham firefighter charged in robberies moved to state hospital

Posted June 19, 2012

— A former Durham firefighter who tried to kill himself last week after being charged in a string of robberies was transferred Tuesday from Duke University Hospital to a state-run hospital, authorities said.

Damon Quick, 35, of 902 Estelle Court in Durham, was arrested a week ago during a robbery at the Dollar Tree, at 3823 Guess Road.

He was placed in the Durham County jail last Wednesday morning under a $9 million bond but was taken to Duke Hospital a few hours later after he attempted suicide in his jail cell, authorities said.

His medical condition is unknown.

Quick is also charged in seven other robberies between May 8 and June 1 in which police said he was armed with a gun and wore a green mask. Police investigating the crimes nicknamed him "Green Goblin."

Each robbery happened near closing time, police said, and in each case, he took both cash from the business as well as wallets and cash from employees.

The Durham Fire Department, where he had worked since August 2003, fired him after his arrest.


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  • Jun 19, 2012

    He'll get a pre-trial assessment at the "state hospital" and be back in the Durham County jail in a few weeks.

  • Uhavenoclu Jun 19, 2012

    Tried to kill himself because he was so embarrassed he got caught,ha ha ha ..that's firefighters and BIG people,they do the crime while you praise them,but when they get caught they claim they are too sick to go to court or try to kill themselves,ha ha ha ha ...NO ONE IS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO MOI.I CONTROL MY OWN SELF...AND PAY TAXES TO ANOTHER STATE FOR NC LIES ABOUT THE JOB MARKET...Oh ...nevermind.ha ha

  • NCHighlander Jun 19, 2012

    Man can't even do the one real honorable thing he needs to do and get that right. Try again. Don't rob tax payers keeping you up for the next 30 years.

  • SFSOLDIER Jun 19, 2012

    Real tough guy. He just needs to go away for a long, long time.

  • abbynork Jun 19, 2012

    Hope they put a steak on that eye.