SINGAPORE - He was watching television when he heard men shouting aggressively on Saturday night.
A worried Mr Peter Ng, a retiree in his 60s, quickly shut the door and closed the windows.
The voices became clearer and louder and it was apparent that the men were looking for his neighbour who lives in the unit just opposite his in a block in Bendemeer Road.
Said Mr Ng: "I didn't go out because I was so scared. They sounded like they were going to beat somebody."
Ms Irene Lim, another retiree in her 60s, said she had seen at least three men, believed to be brothers in their 20s, brandishing knives.
She added that two of the brothers sported tattoos on their faces and hands.
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the men hid their knives in a utilities cupboard, where they were later discovered by plainclothes police officers.
The police said they got a call for help at 8.20pm and two men were arrested.
Ms Lim said: "I believe they were looking for their mother and her boyfriend."
A man, 32, who was living in the flat, was believed to be their mother's boyfriend, reported Lianhe Wanbao.
The mother, who is in her 40s, is said to be living with the man, reported the Chinese evening daily.
Neighbours told The New Paper this was not a one-off incident.
They claimed the brothers create a ruckus every week by fighting with the man living in the unit.
Ms Lim told TNP she had previously seen cuts on the brothers' hands.
When TNP visited the scene on Sunday night, we noticed blood stains outside the man's flat.
The stains trailed from the flat towards the lift lobby.
Ms Lim said: "Every time they come back, everyone is very scared. All go into their homes to mind their own business. We don't want them to notice us."
Get The New Paper for more stories.