“NCIS” actress Pauley Perrette was attacked by David Merck, a homeless man, just outside her house on Thursday night. The actress took to Twitter to narrate the most-dreadful event of her life.

Perrette is grateful to be alive after the near-death encounter in which she was attacked by a psychotic man who grabbed her and pinned her arm. CNN reports that Perrette suffered several injuries as the man punched her in the nose and forehead and repeatedly gave her death threats.

She managed to escape from the man’s reach as she prayed and tried to talk to him. The man finally released her and said, “get the f*** out of here. And I did.” She was able to run away from the man but later collapsed on the sidewalk as she was "shaken and traumatized."

“My life changed tonight,” Perrette ended her note.… We need full mental health care. We need housing and help for the homeless. We need to support our cops. We need to not walk alone. I need to heal,” an excerpt from Perrette’s post read.

The 46-year-old actress is arguably best known for essaying the role of Abby Sciuto on the U.S. TV series "NCIS." Apart from being an actress, Perrette is also a civil rights advocate. Perrette drew a sketch of the attacker in order to help the cops catch him, according to ABC News.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told ABC News that they learned about the incident after receiving a call at around 5 p.m. on Thursday and they later booked the accused man in downtown Los Angeles. CBS Los Angeles reports that Perrette's attacker is 45-year-old David Merck and he has been booked for felony battery.

Pauley Perrette has been a part of the hit TV series “NCIS” since 2003. She also appeared in "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2009) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2014). Aside from "NCIS," was also part of the 2015 straight-to-video film "Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery," where she lent her voice for the role of Delilah Domino/ The Crimson Witch.

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