PLEASANTVILLE - A 66-year-old city man is in critical condition after he was struck in the head by a piece of wood during an assault Wednesday night, authorities said.

Police have arrested Joseph McCarten, 51, of Pleasantville, and charged him with second-degree aggravated assault and weapons offenses. He was taken to Atlantic County jail and bail is pending.

Police allege McCarten struck the victim – whose name is being withheld – at a home on the 600 block of Doughty Road just after 8 p.m. The victim is in critical condition at 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

Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.