November 13, 2015 12:40 pm
Updated: November 13, 2015 6:36 pm

Man repeatedly punches ‘NCIS’ actress Pauley Perrette in face, threatens her with death

WATCH ABOVE: NCIS actress Pauley Perrette talks about the attack by a homeless man outside her Hollywood home on Thursday night. The suspect was arrested Friday morning for the alleged assault. Danielle Nottingham reports.


LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a man attacked NCIS star Pauley Perrette in front of her Hollywood home, punching her in the face several times.

The actress tweeted that she thought she was going to die Thursday night. Perrette says the man grabbed her, punched her repeatedly and told her he was going to kill her. Then, she says he told her to leave and she collapsed after fleeing.

Perrette tweeted that she called a friend who tracked the man and led police to him a few blocks away.

Los Angeles police Officer Jane Kim confirmed that the actress’ account of the attack was accurate.

Kim says 45-year-old David Merck was arrested and booked on suspicion of aggravated battery. Bail was set at $100,000.

Police say records don’t list an attorney for Merck.

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