UPDATE: Authorities have arrested Evelyn Goldsmith in connection with Paul Birdsall's kidnapping and death.
OKLAHOMA CITY - A 71-year-old man is dead after a bizarre kidnapping.
Police say they are looking for 40-year-old Evelyn Goldsmith in connection with the kidnapping of 71-year-old Paul Birdsall.
She’s accused of holding him captive in his own home, beating him, trying to strangle him and stealing his money.
Now, she is wanted for his murder.
Authorities claim Goldsmith held Birdsall captive for weeks inside his own home.
“She had apparently assaulted him several times over about a two-week period. One day, Oct. 6, she left the residence for a short period of time. It was at that point he called EMSA to come and get him and take him to the hospital,” MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, said.
During an interview in the hospital, Birdsall told investigators that Evelyn Goldsmith crawled through a window and threatened him with a knife.
“They’d apparently been acquaintances and may have been romantically involved at one time, that’s something that’s still under investigation,” MSgt. Knight said.
Birdsall said Goldsmith would beat him, and even “got on top of him and put her hands around his neck, choking him and he couldn’t breathe.”
According to a police report, Goldsmith allegedly took Birdsall’s colostomy bag and dumped it out on his clothes.
“He was living in fear. He was afraid to try to call anybody while she was there. He was terribly afraid of her. He was elderly and not in very good physical condition,” Knight said.
Police allege she took him to the bank to get money out of his account at least 10 times.
He wasn't able to escape until she left for an appointment one day and he called 911.
Since then, Goldsmith has been on the run.
Newschannel 4 spoke with the suspect’s aunt on Monday.
She said she has been trying to get her niece to turn herself in to police.
Doctors say Birdsall had a brain bleed, which was consistent with trauma to the head.
He had been in the hospital for about two months at the time of his death.
Evelyn Goldsmith is facing a long list of charges, including first-degree murder.
If you know where she is, call 911 immediately.