Perry ‘Birdman’ Pleads to Rape after Livingston County Kidnapping Conviction

NYLON – The Perry man whom a Livingston County Jury convicted of kidnapping has pled guilty to another felony charge against the same victim in Wyoming County. Charles Braun, 67, pled guilty to felony Attempted Rape in the First Degree in full satisfaction of his five charges. “The plea offer was originally made in March and has remained open, even at this late date, in an effort to avoid putting the victim through the stress and strain of … [Read more...]

Sickly Birdman Sentenced to 15 Years for Kidnapping Ex

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The notorious 'Birdman' from Perry who shook Livingston County a year ago when he brutally kidnapped a former lover from her home in York was sentenced to prison Thursday morning. After recommendations from Livingston County District Attorney Greg McCaffrey and defense counsel William Kelley, Judge Dennis Cohen sentenced Charles Braun, 67, to 15 years in state prison for felony Kidnapping in the Second Degree. He was found … [Read more...]

‘Birdman’ Guilty on All Counts in Kidnapping Trial

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The jury returned a guilty verdict on all counts against the Perry man who was arrested for kidnapping his ex girlfriend in Retsof and forcing her to drive to his apartment in Perry. The jury found Charles Braun, 67, guilty of Kidnapping in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and Menacing in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. Given a past conviction for … [Read more...]

Alleged Kidnapping Victim Picks ‘Birdman’s’ Pocket for $45K

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Testimony took an interesting turn on Thursday, day four of the jury trial on kidnapping charges for Charles Braun, when his ex-girlfriend and the alleged victim of a kidnapping admitted that she had stolen $45,000 from him while he had been in prison. Braun, 67, stands charged with Kidnapping in the Second Degree, a Class B Felony, Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and Menacing in the Second Degree, … [Read more...]

‘Birdman’ Indicted for Rape and Weapons Charges in York Kidnapping

NYLON – The man known around the Village of Perry as the 'Birdman' was indicted by a Grand Jury and arraigned in Wyoming County court last week for allegedly raping and holding a York woman at gunpoint at his apartment in Perry on March 14. According to Assistant Wyoming County District Attorney Eric Shiener, on July 23, Charles Braun, 66, was arraigned before Wyoming County Court Judge Michael Mohun with his attorney, William Kelley, on Rape … [Read more...]

‘Birdman’ Admits His Hat Was at the Scene of Armed Kidnapping

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – District Attorney Greg McCaffrey is requesting a special DNA swab and analysis for the man known around the Village of Perry as the 'Birdman,' who stands charged with Rape in Wyoming County and Kidnapping in Livingston County for allegedly abducting a York woman at gunpoint and raping her at his apartment in Perry. However, Charles Braun, 66, and his attorney William Kelley, insist that a hat recovered at the scene of the … [Read more...]

Armed Kidnapping Case Crawls Toward Trial

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The case against accused armed kidnapping suspect Charles Braun, 66, took another steady step towards trial on Thursday as hearings were scheduled to determine the admissibility of evidence and statements in this matter. Braun's attorney, Assistant Public Defender John D'Arpino, requested that the court schedule Huntley and Mapp hearings, where it will be determined whether physical evidence gathered by the police or … [Read more...]

Armed Kidnapping and Rape Suspect Rejects DA’s Offer

Reading this on your phone or tablet? Download our new app on Google Play and the Apple store. LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The heavily tattooed and seemingly worn man who stands accused of an unthinkable armed kidnapping and rape of a woman who had a standing order of protection against him in York has rejected a plea offer Thursday morning from the Livingston County District Attorney's Office and is getting ready to take one step closer to … [Read more...]

Armed Kidnapping Suspect has Dark Past in Prison

Reading this on your phone? Download our new app on Google Play and the Apple store. YORK – Charles Braun, 66, the man who is accused of abducting a woman who had an order of protection against him and keeping her throughout the night at his house in Perry, has a terrible criminal and prison record dating back to 1991, when he went to prison for Attempted Murder. According to news partner 13WHAM, Braun originally went to Groveland … [Read more...]