RUSKIN, Fla. (WFLA )– Two Good Samaritans came to the aid of a woman who police say was being attacked in her garage by an electrician armed with a knife.
Investigators say the women had hired Adam Silva Millan, 51, to work at her home. Millan was at the 44-year-old victim’s residence at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday conducting electrical work.
He left the residence and said he would need to return to fix an item he had broken. He returned to the residence a short time later and asked the victim to go to the garage and flip a switch in the electrical panel.
The victim went to the panel and the defendant approached her from behind.
“She started screaming, doing everything that you should do at that time and she was in fear for her life,” said Cristal Nunez with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
According to investigators, Millan put his arm around the victim’s neck and pulled her to the ground. The victim saw that Millan was armed with a knife. The victim struggled with Millan on the ground while screaming for help as he held the victim down and began tearing at her undergarments and shorts.
Investigators say Millan also attempted to put electrical tape over the victim’s mouth as she was screaming. Millan lost his grip on the knife and dropped it. He then began striking the victim about her face with his hands several times.
“It’s amazing that her loud screams alerted some witnesses and they were able to come stop the attack,” said Nunez.
Two witnesses nearby heard the struggle and came to the woman’s aid, interrupting the attack. Millan left the scene in his gray, Toyota Corolla.
Investigators say the woman suffered multiple injuries to her face, including a broken nose, and a laceration on her knee which required stitches. She was able to identify Millan as the person who attacked her and had been to her home three weeks prior to provide an estimate.
Detectives obtained a warrant for Millan and he was arrested at his residence in Ruskin.
The suspect’s criminal history
A search of Millan’s criminal history reveals he has a long arrest record dating back to 1986 in Hillsborough County.
He also was convicted of Manslaughter in New York and served time in prison for that crime.
” Just a little bit of searching on our web site maybe could have alerted her that she didn’t want someone like that inside of her home,” said Nunez.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW:
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