1/19/11 – VIDEO: Man wanted by FBI found dead in Kentucky

WKYT 27 News First
January 19, 2011
Reported by: Dave Spencer

Man wanted by FBI found dead in Kentucky

The FBI couldn’t catch up with him, but a heart attack did.

A man, the FBI says, was behind numerous brutal beatings of children has died in Kentucky.

His name is John Erwin Kolbek. But when he had a heart attack in Lawrence County last week, his wife gave officials a fake name.

Now, police know he was a wanted man with a violent past in a religious cult.

He was known to the FBI as “The Enforcer” involved in a religious cult and wanted by federal agents for the savage beating he’s accused of inflicting on children and adults alike, with the use of a 6 foot long wooden stick.

John Kolbeck has kept the FBI looking for him for 2 years even appearing on America’s Most Wanted. He was found by the FBI in eastern Kentucky dead outside the small town of Blain of an apparent heart attack.

According to the Lawerence County Sheriff Department Jennifer Kolbert was contacted by her estranged husband last week. Kolbeck told police her husband called from Somerset saying he was sick, when Kolbeck’s wife called police she claimed her husband’s name was John Jones, only after he died did authorities figure out who he really was.

According to the FBI Kolbeck was the enforcer in the Tony Alamo Ministries. Alamo is currently serving 175 years in prison for elicit acts with a minor.
Kolbeck is accused fo beating members of the cult, the FBI charged him with felony battery and fleeing charges. Kolbeck is known to split time in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Jennifer Kolbeck, the estranged wife, is not wanted by the FBI, and is not expected to be charged with any crimes.


Posted by: Diana on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:33 AM
She’s not accused of anything? How about aiding and abetting a fugitive?

Posted by: Jake Location: Nicholasville on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:24 AM
Thats karma for sure. This heart attack could not have happened to a better person…..

Posted by: patty Location: nancy, ky. on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:21 AM
That`s what I call sweet justice.

Posted by: Woot Woot Location: ky on Jan 19, 2011 at 08:09 AM
Thank you Dear Lord , Now 1 down how many more to go .Hoperfully he was suffering alot just like what he put some of those people though

Posted by: Bubba Location: Berea on Jan 19, 2011 at 07:58 AM
Why would she not be charged with aiding and abedding a known fugitive.

Posted by: Steve Location: KY. on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:46 AM
If she gave a fake name for him, why isn’t she being charged????

Posted by: Anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 at 06:44 AM
how about charges for lying to FBI?

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