Family of 'Green Goblin' suspect apologizes

Damon Quick seen in a new booking photo with one eye swollen shut. (Image courtesy Durham County Sheriff's Office)

June 14, 2012 3:18:07 PM PDT
The family of a Durham firefighter who faces 43 charges in a series of robberies where he allegedly wore a comic book villain mask offered an apology to the public Thursday.

"We offer an apology for his actions and for the people he affected. Although we do not approve of his actions, we stand by him," said Timothy Dash, Damon Quick's father.

Quick has been hospitalized since a suicide attempt in jail Wednesday. His family said he is in a medically induced coma, but is expected to survive.

Quick faces charges ranging from robbery with a dangerous weapon to second-degree kidnapping. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Durham police said they caught him in the act during a robbery at a Dollar Tree store on Guess Road around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to arrest warrants obtained by ABC11 Wednesday, Quick is accused of using a silver colored .45 caliber handgun to rob eight businesses over the past six weeks - including several dollar stores, two restaurants, and a video game store. In each robbery, he allegedly wore a mask depicting the Green Goblin super villain from the Spider Man comic series.

Quick's family said the robberies are not typical behavior for him and they think there's an explanation.

"We, the family, feel that someone threatened to harm his family for some debt owed and he felt that what he did was the only way out," said Dash.

While Quick is expected to survive Wednesday's suicide attempt, his family said they were awaiting word from doctor's on his predicted long-term health.

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