The action began at just before 22:30 when the Police chopper from Bournemouth began circling the skies above Ryde in the hunt for a man, who is believed to have been armed with a knife.
Armed Police officers moved in to make an arrest a short while later when the suspect was located close to Superbowl and Hovertravel. Several other units descended on the scene also.
The unnamed man has been taken into custody at Newport Police Station for questioning. The incident has now been brought to a close.
UPDATE FRIDAY – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a 33-year-old man from Ryde was last night arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
He remains in custody at Newport Police Station.