A well-known Anchorage hot dog vendor was found dead in an apparent suicide, Anchorage police confirmed Monday morning. Michael Roy Anderson was scheduled to begin trial for sexual assault, and related crimes, against a female employee on Monday.


Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Anita Shell said a neighbor of Anderson’s called police at 4:52 p.m. Sunday.


Anderson was the owner and face of M.A’s Gourmet Dogs, a mobile food card selling hot dogs and brats, in front of the old Federal Building on Fourth Avenue. According to Alaska business license records, Anderson’s stand has been in operation since 2000. His license was set to expire next year.


The state opened a criminal case against Anderson in January for allegedly coercing and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old employee. He was also accused of giving her alcohol.


In a statement from District Attorney Clint Campion, the trial was dismissed following the confirmation of Anderson’s death Monday morning.


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