Controversial rapper DMX has been arrested on charges he and another man tried to steal a car at JOHN F KENNEDY AIRPORT in New York.

Police have revealed DMX - real name EARL SIMMONS - and pal JACKIE HUDGINS were arrested on Thursday night (24JUN04) after airport officers broke-up an argument between them and the man whose vehicle they allegedly tried to take.

Port Authority police spokesman TONY CIAVOLELLA says a preliminary investigation suggests DMX claimed to be a federal agent, but no one was injured and no weapons were recovered.

Simmons and Hudgins were arrested on charges of attempted robbery, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief.

This is not the rapper's first brush with the law, in 1999 he was fined and ordered to make public service announcements for the HUMANE SOCIETY after police found pipes for smoking cocaine, a gun and 13 pit bulls at his home in Teaneck, New Jersey.

25/06/2004 14:03