Rapper Eminem's estranged mother Debbie Nelson is reeling from shock after she was the victim of a car-jacking in her native Michigan.

A 16-year-old boy who dragged Nelson from her car was arrested shortly after the incident on Thursday night (22JAN04) as he tried to flee from police on foot in Oak Park, near Detroit, and the 49-year-old's car was recovered.

Police say Nelson was sitting in her HONDA ACCORD at a gas station on Eight Mile Road at about 11.30pm when a person approached her window with a silver handgun and demanded she get out.

Nelson says the attacker grabbed her by the hair and arm.

She notes, "For this to be a kid - it broke my heart."

Nelson says she tried to contact her 8 MILE star son, real name MARSHALL MATHERS III, but "he apparently must not be in town".

Police arrested Detroit resident JAMES ANTONIO KNOTT about a kilometre from the gas station, after he became stuck in traffic and then attempted to flee.

The teenager was charged as an adult with car-jacking and armed robbery on Friday (23JAN04) and is being held in lieu of $150,000 (GBP88,235) cash bond, say police, who do not believe the carjacker recognised Nelson.

25/01/2004 10:11