Wanted fugitive captured in Osprey

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SARASOTA COUNTY - 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 9 months.

Morganstern was wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Larceny for trying to steal a $200 reciprocating saw from Ace Hardware, 2881 Clark Road, last March. After being confronted by the manager, he fled the store and tried to run down an employee who was writing down the tag number on his vehicle.

Investigators identified Morganstern was the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant in May 2012. He was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Osprey without incident.

Morganstern was released from Florida State Prison in August 2010 after serving seven years for trafficking methamphetamines. He was also previously convicted of carrying a concealed firearm by a convicted felon, burglary and other narcotics-related crimes.