When cops busted a reporter’s arrest in New York

Police officers arrested a New York City reporter, accused of assaulting a woman, and seized his laptop during a raid of his home in the Bronx, authorities said on Monday.

A warrant for the arrest of Ryan Clements, 26, was issued on Monday, and a search of his Bronx home revealed “several laptops, several hard drives and an assortment of other items that were confiscated,” a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.

The woman told police that Clements had assaulted her in a parked car on Saturday night.

He was charged with assault and battery, a felony, on Sunday, and has since been held without bail, a police spokesman told Reuters news agency.

Clements has been a reporter at The New York Times for more than three decades.

His arrest comes amid rising concern over violent crime and the perception of bias against reporters.

In May, a New Jersey court ruled that a local TV news anchor’s arrest for an alleged domestic violence incident was illegal.

In New York, a woman said in May that she was groped by Clements while she was at a bar on the Lower East Side.

A lawyer for the New York Police Department has said Clements was acting in self-defense, and Clements has denied assaulting the woman.

Coles is one of several journalists arrested across the US this year as police departments grapple with a spike in violent crime, particularly targeting of journalists, who are critical of authorities and their treatment of minorities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.