Former Memphis deejay speaks about daughter's violent purse snatching

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police say Ashlee Arnold's purse was snatched by someone inside a passing car last Tuesday outside a store in Binghamton.

Her mother cannot believe the 28 year-old survived what happened next.

"Drug her down the street and then backed over her," said former Memphis radio personality Debbie Montgomery.       

"Mangled her legs and broke her collar bone," she added.

Ashlee Arnold's father is Andy Montgomery.  He and Debbie worked for years as the morning team at KIX 106 in Memphis.  Debbie Montgomery says their daughter faces a lengthy rehabilitation and will be unable to return to work as a waitress for a while.

"She will not be able to walk for six weeks," she said.  "Then they said six to eight months to recover."

Police arrested Darren Crutchfield and Demetrious Redd hours after the attack.  The teens told investigators Arnold asked them for drugs.  But Montgomery says her daughter was simply on a walk and never thought she should be afraid to stop at a busy neighborhood store.

"Buying chips, a beer, a coke, whatever, we're not supposed to be killed or run over by a car," she said.

Without insurance, Montgomery said, Ashlee's road to recovery will be especially bumpy.

"With surgeries and the hospital stay, it's just going to be real difficult to get along," Montgomery said.

Montgomery said she appreciates the prayers of her friends and former fans. Donations for Ashlee Arnold's recovery can be made at any First Tennessee Bank branch in Debbie Montgomery's name.

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