An NCIS actress convinced a homeless man to stop attacking her by giving him a compliment.

An NCIS actress convinced a homeless man to stop attacking her by giving him a compliment.
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NCIS actress Pauley Perette was attacked on Thursday and tweeted the story of what happened, noting "My life changed tonight." Perette was walking on an LA street when "a VERY psychotic homeless man" grabbed her, repeatedly punched her, and said he was going to kill her. She couldn't overpower the man, but was able to get him to let her go by telling him that he had a beautiful name.

An NCIS actress convinced a homeless man to stop attacking her by giving him a compliment.
Pauley Perrette in a less stressful time.
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Here's her version of the full story:

I was very hesitant about tweeting this,
Tonight was an awful night.
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.
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. He kept repeating his name:
WILLIAM ____ _____, DON'T FORGET THAT! I'm Going to kill you"
I was alone, terrified and trapped.
There was an empty garage behind me and I knew if he got me in there I was dead.
I knew I couldn't over come him,
I prayed my heart out an then finally said,
"William is a beautiful name,I have a little nephew named William".

That's all I said, all I did, other than praying my heart out.
He started to punch me again, and then said:
"get the fuck out of here" And I did.
I went into shock. Collapsed on the sidewalk.
Some guy walked right past me with a dog that licked my face.
He was on his phone, annoyed. Did nothing.
I texted my friend next door and my church friend cop.
I immediately drew a police sketch of the guy
who was headed towards Hollywood Blvd with murder in his eyes.
My pal James took a pic of my sketch, found the guy, surveilled him,
The cops came and followed James to him. They got him.
Felony assault.

I am shaken and traumatized.
My house, my beloved Hollywood.
My beloved homeless people that I spend my
life protecting.
My life changed tonight.
My... I don't know.
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.

I almost died tonight.

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From the sketch she drew, police were able to arrest a suspect.

And what's super weird is that his name isn't even William. It's David.

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