Middletown Police have arrested a man and charged him with attempted murder after he allegedly beat an 81-year old woman in the Shadow Lake Village Community in the River Plaza section of the township on Monday.

Thomas Hannigan, 52, knew the victim but to what degree was not made known by police.

Officers arrived to the scene around 12:15pm and located an 81 year old female who had sustained serious injuries.

The victim, who is not being identified by police at this time, was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment.

Hannigan was located on scene and taken into custody and was then charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault.

He is to be lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending a court appearance.

Police say that this is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective First Class Albert Scott at (732) 615-2120.

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