"I mean a lot of things don't add up," concerned neighbor Sean Conley said. "You know it's just a surprise."
On Friday, officers conducted a checkpoint near the intersection of Oberlin Road and Cartier Drive.
They handed out flyers with Taft's picture on it. Click here to view the flyer The flyer highlights when the state school board member's assault happened and the $25,000 reward offered for an arrest.
"My heart goes out to the family and especially the victim," Conley said. "I mean she's a prominent well-known, very successful person to our community."
The checkpoint lasted from 11 pm. until. 3 a.m. - roughly the same overnight time frame chief Harry Dolan said Taft's attack took place.
"This is a super safe neighborhood, but unfortunately that trail that goes up to the neighborhood is dark and it's not well lit," Conley said.
Search warrants and 911 recordings are sealed under a judge's order. And police haven't said whether the attack was intentional or random, leaving residents to worry in mystery.
"No matter where you live or what your status economic or otherwise, there's always potential for bad things to happen," Raleigh resident Gooche Stricklin said. "But you just never know who to trust and always watch your back."
Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity before or after Taft's assault on March 6 should contact Raleigh police.