Officers descended on the George Street and Dover Street area shortly before midday with the NPAS helicopter from Bournemouth soon to be seen overhead.
With the helicopter circling, Police moved in on an individual on Monkton Street close to the junction with Melville Street. Within 60 seconds he had been cuffed and placed in a Police van cell.
Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that a 29-year-old man from Ryde was arrested in connection with an assault that took place in Newport on 28th August.
The aerial search continued following the arrest but all resources were stood down around 15 minutes later.
The National Police Air Service has confirmed that their helicopter from Bournemouth was assisting Hampshire Police with a tasking in Ryde.