RIVERVIEW — A 50-year-old Ruskin electrician with a long criminal history attacked a woman in her home and tried to sexually assault her, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The woman was saved when two people nearby heard her screams.
About 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Adam Silva Millan went to the woman's home to do electrical work, deputies said. He left soon after, telling the woman he would return to fix something he'd broken.
When Millan came back, he told the woman to go into her garage and flip a circuit breaker on the electrical panel.
That's when he pulled a knife, deputies said.
He put his arm around her neck and pulled her to the ground. As they struggled on the floor, she screamed for help.
Millan, deputies say, removed some of her clothing and tried to force electrical tape over her mouth.
He dropped his knife, deputies said, but then started beating the woman's face.
Two people rushed in when they heard her screams. Millan then fled in a gray Toyota Corolla, deputies said.
The woman, 44, was left with a broken nose, bruises on her face, and a large cut on her knee.
But she was able to identify Millan. She told deputies he had also come to her house three weeks earlier to give her an estimate.
Millan worked for Big Daddy Electric, according to the Sheriff's Office. A man who answered the Land O'Lakes company's phone Thursday morning declined to comment.
Millan has arrests in Hillsborough County stretching back to 1986. He was convicted of manslaughter in New York in 1998 and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. He was released on Oct. 14, 2008, and moved to Florida the next week.
In March of 2012, records show, he violated his parole when he was charged with dealing in stolen property in Florida. Shortly after, he was sent back to New York and spent three more months behind bars.
By November last year, he had completed his community supervision, meaning he no longer needed to check in with law enforcement.
Early Thursday morning Hillsborough deputies arrested Millan at his home at 2204 Unity Village Drive in Ruskin.
He faces charges of burglary with a battery upon a person, attempted sexual battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery.
He was being held without bail Thursday in the Hillsborough County jail.
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