NCIS Actress Says She's Terrified After Her Attacker Released from Psych Hospital

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February 21, 2018Feb 21, 2018

Pauley Perrette, who is best known for her role on NCIS, shares she's fearful for her life after learning that a homeless man who attacked her is back on the streets, reported E! News

According to Fox 11 Los Angeles, a transient named David Merck was recently released from a state psychiatric institution. He had been there because he allegedly attacked the NCIS star in November 2015.

Three years later, the actress says she still fears for her safety. She's also worried that Merck could harm someone else.

"It changed my life forever. I don't walk outside my house," Pauley told Fox 11 this week. "I think it's entirely possible that the next word I hear about this guy is that he'll kill a female."

Pauley chose not to speak on camera because she wanted to protect her privacy.

Back in 2015, Pauley revealed the attack on social media. She shared that the frightening encounter occurred in her Hollywood neighborhood.

"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 to her Twitter followers. "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."

David was later charged with felony criminal threats and imprisonment by violence for allegedly attacking Pauley. He pled not guilty at his arraignment. He was found incompetent to stand trial on the charges, and the court ordered David to be sent to Patton State Hospital.

In 2016, Pauley wrote an advice piece for Motto. In the piece, she forgave the homeless man who allegedly attacked her.

"My heart broke for him. My tears that night were for him. I had looked into his eyes. There was nothing there. It seemed like his soul and his humanity were gone," she wrote. "He was out on the street without resources. It was a consequence of our failure as a society to take care of our mentally ill and impaired homeless community."

Pauley continued, "Of course I forgive him. I have no anger, only sadness. He didn't know who I was, he didn't know who he was. He is very confused, he's homeless and he needs help."

According to Fox 11, the LAPD is well aware that David is back out. They said they will respond to any calls of an alleged crime if one happens.

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