Pauley Perrette’s alleged attacker released from psych hospital

Pauley Perrette is frightened for her life after a homeless human who allegedly attacked her in 2015 was freed from a country psychiatric institution.

“It changed my life eternally, ” Perrette, 48, told Los Angeles’ Fox 11 in a statement this week. “I don’t walk outside my house. I think it’s entirely possible that the next term I hear about this guy is that he’ll kill a female.”

The actress said the district attorney advised her of David Merck’s release from Patton State Hospital.

Merck allegedly attacked Perrette in November 2015, repeatedly punching her and telling her he was going to kill her. The “NCIS” star said the incident left her “shaken and traumatized.”

Merck was charged with false imprisonment by violence, misdemeanour assault and making a criminal menace against Perrette. He pleaded not guilty, but was deemed incompetent to stand trial. A judge ruled in October 2016 that Merck be committed to the psychiatric hospital, the L-Aarea Beverly Press reported.

Police told Fox 11 that until and unless Merck perpetrates another crime, they cannot legally take any action against him, and locals interviewed by the station were divided on whether he seemed like a threat at this point.

Perrette previously said of the experience, “There were a lot of impressions and a lot of emotions, but I feel like at the end of it all, as strange as it audios, if that incident had to happen in the universe, I feel like it had to be me. I feel like it was supposed to be me somehow because I have a lot of experience working with the homeless, working with the mentally ill. Such instances, de-escalation that had to happen right then.”

Such articles originally appeared in Page Six .

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