(ELGIN) A group of detectives and police have invaded a northwest suburban townhouse near the one where an Elgin woman was murdered two weeks ago.
Witnesses said about 15 officers, two-thirds of them wearing riot gear, entered a townhouse in the first block of Garden Crescent Court at 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 has arrived on the scene.
Cmdr. Glenn Theriault, the official police department spokesman, said only that “we are conducting an investigation” at the site and there is no danger to the public. He said more details would be announced later tonight.
The townhouse involved is in the same building, but a few doors to the east, as the townhouse where Lisa Koziol-Ellis was found stabbed to death at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 2. The 33-year-old artist had moved into the house with her husband, Dash, just three days before.
Suggesting that the raid is connected with the murder investigation, one of the raiding police officers reportedly told a resident of the complex that “you are safer now than you have been the last couple of weeks.”
Koziol-Ellis’s friends have offered a reward of at least $15,000 for information leading to the killer’s arrest and conviction.
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