Psychiatric evaluation ordered for Van Bragt

A psychiatric evaluation has been ordered by the court for Herman "Tim" Van Bragt, who is charged with the stabbing murder of his mother's friend in her Palo Alto Waverley Street home on March 7.

Robert Haggquist, 72, was killed by a stab wound to his heart, court records show. Van Bragt received "several non-life-threatening slash-type wounds" in the fight, the court records show. Van Bragt, 46, was arrested and charged with murder while being treated at Stanford Hospital five hours later that night.

A judge ordered the psychiatric evaluation of Van Bragt on March 20. Results of such evaluations are privileged.

Van Bragt appeared briefly in Santa Clara County Superior Court Monday morning, merely to waive his right to be arraigned within 60 days of his arrest. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 6.

According to Electra Van Bragt, her son drove from his home in Auburn to Palo Alto March 6 because "he had a dream that Bob was trying to kill me. He was trying to protect me."

Electra Van Bragt and her son's girlfriend went out to dinner that night, and Tim van Bragt and Haggquist fought in the house while the two women were out.

Tim Van Bragt appeared restless while court was delayed for about 45 minutes this morning (Monday). While he and other prisoners were being watched over by sheriff's deputies, Van Bragt rose from his seat several times, placed his hand over his heart, and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

His mother said that Van Bragt suffers from bipolar disease.

-- Don Kazak


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Posted by Maria
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Apr 12, 2008 at 1:22 pm

It is good about that he is gonna get that psychiatric evaluation, he where really mentally sick.all his medications disappear from the place where he use to keep them before. I am Herman's fiancee, his girlfrien for 7 years form nom, we where going to get married some time soon. He is really nice person and human being when in the right medication for his problems. I don't really understand why that lady Sharon let my Boyfriend along,together with Electra boyfriend. I didn't know that, he where with that lady Sharon down to Palo Alto.She knew Herman can done something horrible like that. It sounds like to me, she is involved in that crime,she knew about my boyfriend mental illness and she didn't care, about what he can done. she live both of them along in Herman mother house, so she got participation on that.I always refuse when Herman ask to take him down there, when he use to ask me to take him to his mother house, because I had the filling something like that could happens

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Posted by Safeway neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 12, 2008 at 6:49 pm


It seems that you have information that could be important in the case. If you have not done it yet, I suggest that you contact the Palo Alto Police Department (I am sure you can find them online) and provide them with all the information that you have and that may be relevant to the case.

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