Convicted evangelist's alleged enforcer dies

Associated Press/January 14, 2011

Little Rock, Arkansas - Police say a man sought for more than two years on charges he beat disobedient followers of a now-convicted evangelist has died in Kentucky.

Sgt. Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith, Ark., police says 50-year-old John Erwin Kolbeck died Thursday from an apparent heart attack.

Kolbeck vanished from Arkansas after one of Alamo's compounds was raided in September 2008. Alamo was later arrested and convicted of taking children across state lines for sex. He's serving a 175-year federal prison sentence.

Kolbeck was wanted on felony battery and fleeing charges and had managed to hide from authorities despite widespread media attention.

Grubbs says authorities figured out Kolbeck was the man who died in Louisa, Ky. because a woman with him also was wanted. They confirmed Kolbeck's identity through fingerprints and tattoos.

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