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Bee's, Mary Ann's fires linked; more arrests in both cases

Press Release Pickens County Sheriff's Office - November 25, 2019, Pickens County, Georgia.

        Over the past week, six individuals have been arrested for First Degree Arson relating to incidents that occurred at Mary Anne’s Country Cooking restaurant and Bee’s Home Cookin’ restaurant.

Following up on leads that were developed during the investigation of numerous thefts within Pickens County, Detectives with the Pickens Sheriff’s Office began collaborating with the Jasper Fire Department and the State Fire Investigations Unit under the Department of Criminal Investigations office to verify information being received. In the course of the investigation it was determined that Tyler Jose Suarez (age 23 of Jasper), owner of Bee’s Home Cookin’ restaurant, conspired with other persons, Miguel Suarez (age 20 of Jasper), William Alex Cannady (age 18 of Ellijay), Nicholas Buchanan (age 25 of Jasper), and Charles Cole Wilson (age 18 of Talking Rock) to commit an arson at Mary Anne’s Country Cooking restaurant. In the early morning hours of October 6, 2019, a fire was started at the location of Mary Anne’s County Cooking restaurant.

It was further determined during the investigation, Nicholas Buchanan and William Alex Cannady were

arrested during the break in of a home on Hwy 136, Burnt Mountain. Both individuals were caught leaving a residence with a variety of items believed to have been stolen from a building on the property.

This case is still being actively investigated.

Following the execution of numerous search warrants and interviews, the following charges were taken on these individuals:

Tyler Suarez - Arson – 1st Degree

Miguel Suarez - Arson – 1st Degree

William Alex Cannady - Arson – 1st Degree; Burglary

Nicholas Buchanan - Arson – 1st Degree; Burglary

Charles Cole Wilson - Arson – 1st Degree

While continuing the interviews and investigations, PCSO Detectives were able to assist the State Fire Marshals investigation into the November 5, 2019 arson at Bee’s Home Cookin’ restaurant. In this Pickens Sheriff’s Office investigation, it was determined that Tyler Suarez conspired with Hank Wilson (age 46 of Talking Rock) to commit an arson at Tyler Suarez’s own establishment, Bee’s Home Cookin’ restaurant. The investigation revealed that both Miguel Suarez and Cole Wilson, the son of Hank Wilson, actively participated in the commission of the November 5, 2019 arson at Bee’s Home Cookin’ restaurant.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has taken the following charges on these individuals, in addition to the previous charges filed against Tyler Suarez:

Hank Wilson - Arson – 1st Degree

Charles Cole Wilson - Arson – 1st Degree

The remaining details of this case are still being actively investigated at this time.

The Pickens Sheriff’s Office worked closely throughout the investigation with the City of Jasper Fire Department, the State Fire Investigations Unit and the polygrapher team from the John’s Creek Police Department. Sheriff Craig stated, “It is amazing how well this investigation worked with the men and women from each of these agencies working around the clock to bring closure to these two cases.” Craig continued by saying “partnerships with these other agencies have continued to help us serve our citizens with the best possible law enforcement services.”