EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Pauley Perrette's Sketch of Her Alleged Attacker That Led to an Arrest

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Pauley Perrette tweeted that she "immediately drew a sketch of the guy" who allegedly violently attacked her outside her Hollywood, California home on Thursday -- and ET exclusively obtained the first look at her drawing.

The NCIS star recounted in a Twitter post early Friday morning that a "psychotic homeless man" came at her and started repeatedly punching her and threatening her life.

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Once Perrette was able to get free, she texted a friend and a police officer from her church, who had her draw a sketch of her alleged attacker. She said the man was "headed towards Hollywood with murder in his eyes."

"My pal James took a pic of the sketch, found the guy [and] surveilled him," the 46-year-old actress wrote. "The cops came and followed James to him. They got him. Felony assault."

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Perrette's drawing, done in blue ink, is of a man with an unkempt beard and Western-style hat. He appears to be wearing a jacket in the sketch.


In a photo of the man police arrested, 45-year-old David Merck, he has a scraggly beard and a hat.

The LAPD confirmed Perrette's story and told ET they were contacted at 5:14 p.m. on Thursday. The police booked Merck on felony battery charges after arresting him at a Hollywood 7-Eleven around 6 p.m. He is still in custody and bail is set at $100,000.

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"I am shaken and traumatized," she said in her Twitter message. "My house, my beloved Hollywood. My beloved homeless people that I spend my life protecting. ...My life changed tonight."

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