PLEASANTVILLE - Paul J. Madara, 66, remains in critical condition after he was struck in the head by a piece of wood during an assault Wednesday night, authorities said.

Joseph McCarten, 51, of Pleasantville, was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated assault and weapons offenses for allegedly striking Madara at a home in the 600 block of Doughty Road.

McCarten was taken to Atlantic County jail and bail has been set at $35,000.

The incident took place just after 8 p.m., and Madara was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus in Atlantic City.

This incident is being investigated by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department.

Anyone with information can contact the Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7800 or the Pleasantville Police Department at 609-641-6100.

Joel Landau and Lynda Cohen