Pauley Perrette ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ After Violent Attack

Pauley Perrette 'Lucky To Be Alive'
Pauley Perrette at the GLAAD Media Awards on March 21. The actress revealed she was attacked Thursday evening in Hollywood. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) — Pauley Perrette says she’s lucky to be alive after being attacked Thursday evening.

The 46-year-old actress recounted the assault early Friday morning on Twitter, telling fans she was attacked by a homeless man who punched and threatened to kill her.

“On my street, I was jumped by a VERY psychotic homeless man,” she wrote. “He grabbed me so forcefully, pinned my arm, punched me in the nose, forehead repeatedly telling me he was going to kill me … I was alone, terrified and trapped.”

Perrette said her assailant eventually let her go and she “went into shock” and “collapsed on the sidewalk” before reporting the assault. She drew a sketch of her attacker, whom authorities later apprehended and booked on suspicion of felony battery.

Police corroborated Perrette’s account and said her alleged assailant, David Merck, is a local transient with a criminal record. Sgt. Bob Ward told the Los Angeles Times, “He’s self-medicating. Probably didn’t even know who she is … He’s not going anywhere.”

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Perrette is best known for playing Abby Sciuto on CBS drama NCIS, which airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern. She champions several causes, including animal rescue, civil rights and LGBT rights, and works with the homeless in different areas around the U.S.


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