Actress Pauley Perrette, who appears on CBS’ “NCIS,” was outside her Hollywood Hills home on Nov. 12 when she was attacked by a homeless man with a criminal record.
So, tonight was awful, life changing and I’m only grateful to be alive. It’s here: pic.twitter.com/vXIT1pkVRc
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) November 13, 2015
He held her arm and punched her repeatedly before he was arrested, police told the Los Angeles Times. The attack took place at 6000 block of Cahuenga Terrace at around 5 p.m., which isn’t far from where transients are known to camp, a police spokesperson said.
Perrette, who plays forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the hit show, commented on the attack.
“I was very hesitant about tweeting this. Tonight was an awful night. I was walking across my street to a new guest house I bought to meet my architect on my street, I was jumped by a VERY psychotic homeless man,” she wrote on Twitter.
“He grabbed me so forcefully, pinned my arm, punched me in the nose, forehead repeatedly telling me he was going to kill me. Then he showed me how he was going to kill me.”
“There was an empty garage behind me and I knew if he got me in there I knew I was dead. I knew I couldn’t overcome him, I prayed my heart out [and] then finally said, ‘William is a beautiful name, I have a little nephew named William.'”
After that, she went into shock and collapsed on the sidewalk.
Perrette’s friend was able to track down the homeless man. He followed the suspect, who was later identified as David Merck, 45. He’s being held on $100,000 bail.
“We need full mental health care,” she later tweeted. “We need housing and help for the homeless. We need to support our cops.
“I almost died tonight.”
Police said her quick thinking helped catch the suspect.
“I haven’t seen anybody ever really do that,” Ward said of Perrette’s sketch, reported ABC7. “She’s a very good witness.”