SINGAPORE - When she woke up at midnight on Monday night, the family dog was licking her legs.
She got up and saw it running to the maid's room, sniffing and pawing at the door.
Sensing something was amiss, she opened the door and saw a man underneath the maid's bed. The maid wasn't in the room.
"When I saw him, I was scared to death," said the 78-year-old woman, who wanted to be known only as Madam Rose, in Mandarin.
She then called her son-in-law for help.
Other than the maid, the only other person in the house was her 86-year-old husband, who is bedridden after two strokes.
It turned out that the man was a foreigner, allegedly brought home by the family's Myanmar maid.
The maid, who had been working for the family for six weeks, denied knowing the man, who is believed to be working near their Bukit Timah house.
Madam Rose's son-in-law, who does not live with them, told The New Paper on Tuesday that he and his wife rushed to the scene.
The 46-year-old declined to be named as he does not want to risk more unknown persons coming to the house.
He recounted: "I quickly opened the door of the maid's room, shined a torchlight in and found him there."
He then left the room and sought to keep the man in there. Using his body weight, he pushed against the door and called the police.
On the other end, he felt the man pushing back and trying to force his way out of the room.
"I also heard him talking to someone in the room, I think, over his mobile phone. He may have been calling his friends for advice," the son-in-law said, describing the unknown man as about 1.75m tall.