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Eminem's mother carjacked


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Eminem's mother carjacked

Saturday, January 24, 2004 Posted: 0125 GMT ( 9:25 AM HKT)

James Antonio Knott was charged with carjacking and armed robbery

OAK PARK, Michigan (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy dragged Eminem's mother from her car on the street made infamous by the rapper's movie "8-Mile," according to police.

The teenager was arrested shortly after the carjacking Thursday night as he tried to flee from police on foot in this northern Detroit suburb, and the car was recovered.

Police said Debbie Nelson, 49, was sitting in her Honda Accord at a gas station on Eight Mile Road at about 11:30 p.m. when a person approached her window with a silver handgun and demanded she get out.

Nelson told Detroit's WXYZ-TV the attacker grabbed her by the hair and arm.

"For this to be a kid -- it broke my heart," she said.

Nelson said she tried to contact her son, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, but "he apparently must not be in town."

Nelson's rocky relationship with her son has been no secret since the Detroit rapper became a star. Eminem has disparaged his mother in songs such as "Cleaning Out My Closet." Nelson brought and settled two defamation lawsuits over Eminem's statements about her in magazines and on radio talk shows.

Police arrested James Antonio Knott of Detroit about a mile from the gas station after he became stuck in traffic and attempted to flee, Pousack said.

The teenager was charged as an adult with carjacking and armed robbery Friday and is being held in lieu of $150,000 cash bond, said police, who did not believe the carjacker recognized Nelson.