A witness in the James “Whitey” Bulger trial was arrested Tuesday in relation to the 1991 armed robbery and murder of an armored truck guard from Athol, according to Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early.
Ralph DeMasi, 80, of Amesbury, will be charged with killing and robbing Edward P. Morlock Sr., who was 52 at the time, Jarvey said in a release. DeMasi allegedly shot and killed Morlock as he was carrying money bags from a Shaw’s grocery store on Lincoln Street.
DeMasi and other suspects allegedly escaped the robbery and shooting in a getaway car, Early’s office said. The three others allegedly involved have died in the years since the incident.
“I have seen first-hand the hard work and dedication that has gone into this case,” Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent said in the statement. “Hopefully, this arrest brings some measure of closure to the family of Edward Morlock.”
DeMasi is due be arraigned Wednesday in Worcester Superior Court.
Morlock’s death is the latest in a long line of criminal allegations against DeMasi. In 1992, he was sentenced in US District Court to 24 years in prison in connection with a September 1991 attempted holdup of a Brink’s armored truck in Newburyport, the Globe reported.
At Bulger’s 2013 trial for the murder of 19 people, among other charges, DeMasi testified that he was wounded while riding in car that Bulger allegedly fired at, killing William O’Brien in 1973, the Globe reported.