Suspect also charged with burglary on Maricopa Place

A Taft woman was arrested and charged with starting a fire in the back yard of a South Taft home, then booked on a separate burglary charge after she was linked to a break-in at another location.

Kern County Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance Monday night in the 300 block of Montview Avenue after receiving a call that a woman had entered the rear yard of a home there and started a fire in a barbecue pit, Sgt. Marc Haiungs said.

The suspect, later identified as Tahaira Waldon, 27, fled after exchanging words with the resident, but she left her purse behind.

Deputies located her a short time later and arrested her.

She is being held on a charge of attempting to start a fire of inhabited property recklessly starting a fire.

Haiungs said deputies also linked Waldon to a burglary that took place on May 1 in the 100 block of Maricopa Place and arrested her on a burglary charge, too.

Waldon is being held without bail on a parole hold as well.

Kern County Superior Court records show she was convicted of first-degree burglary in 2013 and sentenced to a two-year term at Valley State Prison for Women.