UPDATE — Dec. 1, 2022: Click here to read “Arson Suspect Cunningham Given Conditional Release, in Plea Negotiations With Federal Prosecutors”

Cunningham’s Ranch House restaurant pictured after the fire that took place May 11, 2017.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that local resident Robert Cunningham was arrested last week near the international border.

Cunningham is the former owner of Cunningham’s Ranch House Restaurant, located in Sonoita, that burned down on May 11, 2017. 

At the time of the fire, Fire Department officials and investigators of the “Southern Arizona Regional Arson Group” were looking into the cause of the fire noting that it appeared to “start in both the front and back of the building.” Click here to read the PRT’s coverage of the fire from 2017.