Fugitive Captured After 9-Months on the Run

The man was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after trying to run down a store employee after trying to shoplift at an Ace Hardware.

The U.S. Marshals in Florida and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office have captured a fugitive who has been on the run for nine months.

The two agencies captured Henry Lee Morganstern, a convicted felon who was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and larceny.

Morganstern, was taken into custody this morning in Osprey, was wanted for for trying to steal a $200 reciprocating saw from Ace Hardware, 2881 Clark Road, in March.

After the manager confronted Morganstern, he fled the store and tried to run down an employee who was writing down the tag number on his vehicle. Investigators identified Morganstern as the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant in May.

Morganstern was released from Florida State Prison less then two years earlier in August 2010 after serving seven years for trafficking methamphetamines.

He was also previously convicted of carrying a concealed firearm as a felon, burglary and other narcotics-related crimes.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, today captured Henry Lee Morganstern, a convicted felon who has been on the run for the past nine months.

Mary Nicolini, LCSW, LCAP February 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Two years on a seven year sentence. That is the problem. If they are sentenced to fifteen years, make them serve 14 years with the last year being in a halfway house to integrate them back in to society so they don't start comitting crimes to be able to live day to day.


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