Fruita Teen Stabbed in Face Released from Hospital

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

A Fruita teen is at home recovering, after his family and friends say he was viciously attacked and stabbed early Sunday morning.

Last week, 18-year-old Travis Stout received some crushing news. His friend Josh Burris had been killed in a motorcycle crash. Saturday night, he and several of Burris' friends gathered in the desert between 18 Road and 20 Road to have a bonfire party in his honor.

Travis' friend Wyatt Creamer says they arrived at the party later than most, and when they go there, things were getting rough.

"A lot of fights broke out," said Creamer. "It was caused from drinking mostly, because they had a lot of alcohol out here."

Unfortunately for them, Travis ended up on the losing side of one of those fights.

"We got a call about one-thirty in the morning that my son had been either shot or stabbed," said Wayne Stout, Travis' father.

Wayne says after talking with Travis' girlfriend, who was with him at the time, he learned that his son and another teen got into an argument over whether or not Travis could be at the bonfire. The teen then came at Travis fast and hard with a large metal pipe.

"Broke his jaw in three places," said Wayne Stout. "And put a hole in his face six inches long."

Travis' girlfriend says as she rushed to get him out of the desert, the teen followed them in his vehicle, trying to run the truck they were in off the road. After getting away, they made it back to Travis' house where an ambulance was waiting for him. Wayne says the severity of what happened hit him hard when he saw all the blood.

"It was literally pumping out of his throat and neck," said Wayne Stout. "We didn't think we were going to get him to the hospital, so I'm very thankful we got him there on time."

Travis spent nearly six hours in surgery Sunday morning. His parents say for now, his jaw is wired shut and he will likely have to have plastic surgery to repair the damage to his face.

While they're very happy Travis is still alive, his friends and family say they should never have had to have that feeling in the first place.

"We were out here celebrating for Josh and then all this stuff had to happen," said Creamer. "We don't want two people dead."

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the case is still under investigation, and would not release information to 11 News on the matter. At this time no arrests have been made, but the Stouts say after Travis got out of surgery Sunday morning he was able to tell deputies exactly who it was that came at him with the pipe.


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  • by travisstout Location: fruita colorado on Oct 10, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    after being stomped on by 8 or more people several times it was relieving to know that i was finally getting out of there. then as we drove away john stene did hit me and i saw it with my own two eyes. people can think what they want but the judicial system will determine the outcome of this matter and i just want to say that i know they will pursue justice.
  • by Amanda Location: Fruita on Oct 3, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    Travis is my big brother and he's getting beteter but i hope he doesnt make the same mistake of going out drinking under age again.
  • by Martha Location: fruita on Sep 23, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    I'd like to know who's suppling the liquor?
  • by Darlene Location: Grand jucnction on Sep 23, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    I praise God that Travis is alive. My son Joshua is gone. God is using Joshua's life to reach his friends and family. I have witnessed the blessings and heard many stories preceeding his death. Josh said yes to Jesus. I pray that his friends will do the same so they too can see Josh once again. He touched many lives and was well loved and liked by many. Travis you too can say yes and change your life. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.
  • by Jayne Location: Airzona on Sep 22, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    I am so sorry for Travis and his family. this just breaks my heart. I hope he recoveres soon. My God be with you!
  • by Steve Location: GJ on Sep 22, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    So it's ok to go out to the desert and underage people get drunk? That really sound "honoring." It sounds like a good excuse to get drunk.
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