Woman arrested for stabbing man over stolen purse

Tomekya Scheree Timmons, 30, is charged with murder.

January 7, 2011 2:36:24 PM PST
A woman who police say stabbed a man who had possibly stolen her purse has been arrested. Tomekya Scheree Timmons, 30, is charged with murder. Police say Timmons followed Alton Straughter to the Aspen Apartments on West Tidwell in northwest Houston about 3:15pm on Tuesday. Witnesses reported hearing her yelling at Straughter, accusing him of stealing her purse. She followed him around the premises, and near the back of the apartment complex, produced a weapon and repeatedly stabbed him.

Straughter then staggered to the front of the complex where he collapsed. Timmons then stood over him and continued yelling at him about her purse. She told witnesses that Straughter had stolen her purse and then walked away from the scene when she heard police were en route.

Straughter, 49, suffered a stab wound to the chest and was transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Timmons was arrested Thursday without incident. She is being held on $100,000 bond.

She has prior convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, drug possession, assault, theft by check and evading arrest.