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Stepfather of Teenaged Hot Dog Cart Vendor Arrested

Douglas Johnson (photo courtesy Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Douglas Johnson (photo courtesy Ottawa Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Just when things couldn’t possibly have gotten worse for the family of Nathan Duszynski, it apparently has.

The stepfather of the 13-year-old Holland boy, Douglas Johnson, is currently in the Kent County Jail, awaiting an arraignment on an undisclosed charge. Sources from the US Marshal’s office in Grand Rapids say that the 47-year-old man was wanted on an outstanding felony fraud warrant out of Kent County for allegedly obtaining money under false pretenses, and he was arrested on Monday.

Johnson had not been with Duszynski and his mother, Lynette Johnson, as she told reporters last week that the family had been forced to leave their home due to indebtedness. She and her son from her previous marriage were staying at the Holland Rescue Mission’s Family Hope Campus, while Johnson was said to be at a friend’s pole barn because the shelter prohibited his prescription medications for MS.

Duszynski made headlines last month when he attempted to sell hot dogs from a vending cart in a parking lot next to Holland City Hall. Staffers shut down the operation shortly after it had started, saying that the teen was in violation of downtown zoning ordinances. Duszynski subsequently sold the cart to a local business, with the intent of using it gratis when necessary, as he attempted to provide for his parents, both of whom are unemployed due to disability, as Lynette Johnson suffers from epilepsy. Last week, City Council members referred a letter from the Johnson’s, asking that the ordinance be amended, to staffers for further review.

The family’s plight drew the attention this week of a pet clothing boutique owner out of Indianapolis, as Katherine Olsheske started an online fundraising drive to raise three thousand dollars over the next month.