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November 13, 2015 12:00 PM

NCIS star Pauley Perrette took to Twitter on Thursday to describe a scary incident in which she says she was attacked by a homeless man.

“So, tonight was awful, life changing and I’m only grateful to be alive,” Perrette, 46, tweeted alongside a picture of a block of text she wrote describing the assault.

The actress says she was walking on her street when she was “jumped by a VERY psychotic homeless man.”

“He grabbed me in the arm, pinned my arm, punched me in the nose, forehead repeatedly telling me he was going to kill me,” she wrote, adding that the man kept repeating his name, “William.”

“I was alone, terrified and trapped,” she continued. “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.’ ”

Perrette went on to explain that the man then told her to “get the f— out of here.” The actress collapsed on the sidewalk and texted her “friend next door and my church friend cop.”

Perrette then drew a sketch of the attacker, and the LAPD confirmed to ABC News they “caught the suspect.” E! News reports a 45-year-old man is in jail on a $100,000 bail for felony assault.

“I am shaken and traumatized,” Perrette ended her note. “My life changed tonight. … 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.”

Read Perrette’s full account below.

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