News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 03/08/2008
Subject :

Confrontation with Knife Results in Death
Contact : Officer Villaescusa, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- On March 07, 2008, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Palo Alto Police officers responded to the 2500 block of Waverley Street on the report of a fight in progress. The reporting caller indicated that a knife was involved in the fight. Responding officers arrived and detained one male in the front of the home. Officers then entered the residence and discovered another male who was deceased.

The home was searched and immediately secured until police detectives arrived and took control of the investigation. At 3:00 a.m., on March 08, 2008, the detained male, Herman Van Bragt, 46 years old and from Auburn California, was arrested on charges of homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of the family.

Van Bragt was treated for wounds sustained in the incident, none of which are life threatening, booked for the above charges and in custody of the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections. The Palo Alto Police department detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are continuing their investigation at this time.