The Purse Party of No Return: Louis Vuitton Brouhaha Leaves One Injured, Two in Jail

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Before you could say “Jerry Springer,” a tranquil Sunday afternoon “purse party” in Missouri City turned into a vicious brawl which ended with one woman slashing another and a third arrested for brandishing a Louisville Slugger.

According to Missouri Police Department spokeswoman Janice Poppenhusen, two unnamed friends were seated on a couch together waiting to see the handbags when the gathering took a sour turn.

According to Poppenhusen, 38-year-old Carla Lester and her mother, 56-year-old Joyce Payne, came in the room, shouting at the women on the couch. Jabbing her finger in the unnamed woman’s face, Payne hurled forth a vile accusation. The accused woman, a soon-to-be-ex friend of Lester’s, replied with her fists. A full-on donnybrook ensued, and before it was over, Payne is alleged to have slashed one woman on the neck and arm with an unspecified cutting instrument, while Lester is said to have brandished a bat in a threatening manner. (What kind of purse party has all these weapons lying around?)

Payne was charged with both assault and assault with a deadly weapon, while her daughter was hauled in for assault. The cut woman’s condition is unknown, as is the final tally of purses sold. – John Nova Lomax

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.