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UPDATED: Restaurant Owner Arrested in Los Angeles, Accused of Slaying His Unborn Child

Two days ago, Los Angeles Police homicide detectives arrested Joshua Woodward, who teamed up with celebrity chef Govind Armstrong to bring their West Coast food offerings to South Beach via Table 8. The cops charged Woodward with the murder of his unborn child.

According to an LAPD press release, investigators on October 19 completed an injury report to "capture the suspicious circumstances of a miscarriage." The release notes the fetus was 13 weeks old when it died.

The rest of the release states Joshua Woodward is believed to have been the biological father of the baby. Wilshire-area homicide investigators established probable cause to

arrest Woodward in connection with the death of the unborn child.


His bail has been set at $2 million. The charges were scheduled to be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office today. The LAPD would not release the names of the mother or what information it had to establish probable cause.

Shortly after Table 8 filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, Woodward was quoted in a Miami Herald article saying he would reopen the restaurant on Alton Road with cheaper prices. He is a partner in a company that owns the original 8 oz. Burger Bar location on Melrose Avenue in L.A., as well as Table 8 in New York City. According to Maile Rodriguez, publicist for the South Beach 8 oz., Woodward licensed the name to Eric Fried, the Alton Road burger joint's sole owner.

"Josh helped launch the Miami location," Rodriguez says. "But... he is not responsible for the

day-to-day operation."

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times reports Woodward is expected to be released soon because Los Angeles Police have not presented their case to the district attorney's office. By law, criminal suspects must be freed from jail if they are not formally charged within 48 hours. According to the L.A. Times:

Sources familiar with the case, who did not want to be identified

because of the ongoing investigation, said Woodward was suspected of

placing an unspecified powder in the vaginal area of his girlfriend.

The sources said police are in the process of testing the powder.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.