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Updated: March 18, 2013 8:25AM

Elgin Police said a suspect was in custody Sunday in the fatal stabbing of an Elgin woman on March 2.

Elgin Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said in an email that more information about the arrest would released at a news conference early Monday.

Lisa Koziol-Ellis, 33, was found stabbed to death in her Elgin home at 2:30 a.m. March 2. Her husband, “Dash” Ellis, reportedly called 911 and told police he had found her injured when he got home from work.

An autopsy determined her death was a homicide, according to a statement from Kane County Coroner Rob Russell.

Theriault declined to say at the time whether detectives thought Kozio-Ellis had been targeted by her killer or might have surprised a burglar in her home. Police have said that her husband has been cooperating with investigators.

A group of detectives and uniformed police Friday night raided a townhouse near the one where the Elgin woman was murdered.

Witnesses said about 15 officers — two-thirds of them seen wearing helmets and body armor — entered a townhouse in the first block of Garden Crescent Court about 6:15 p.m. Friday and took a man into custody. They could be seen going in and out of the home and also searching a nearby parked car. They also carried an animal cage into the house.

A state police crime scene team also arrived on the scene.

Nicknamed “Foxy Goat,” Koziol-Ellis had many tattoos on her arms and chest. An artist and jewelry maker, she described herself on Facebook as “a goat-flavored smut lover who makes dazzling jewelry and random art awesomeness.”

She was one of the arts and crafts vendors at the 2012 Monster Mash Up, held last June at the Haight building in downtown Elgin.

A friend, Mitchell Wells, of Chicag,o commented on the Website that despite what he called a “smut-tastic vocabulary,” Koziol-Ellis “was never anything other than happy and full of energy. “

“She had a magnetic personality that brought out the best of everyone she has ever talked to. Once you met her and talked to her, she felt like your best friend,” he wrote.

It was the year’s first homicide in Elgin, which had two in 2012 and five in 2011.

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