A man was arrested after he allegedly stole a piece of equipment from a Leavenworth automotive repair shop and punched an employee during a pursuit, according to a police spokesman.

A man was arrested after he allegedly stole a piece of equipment from a Leavenworth automotive repair shop and punched an employee during a pursuit, according to a police spokesman.

The incident was reported at noon Saturday at Butler's Muffler & Auto Repair, 220 N. Fifth St.

Employees at the business were getting ready to jump-start a vehicle.

The suspect and a woman were walking north on Fifth Street. The suspect allegedly picked up the portable jump-starter and ran away, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

Employees from the business chased after the man, catching up to him in a nearby parking lot.

“The suspect punched one of the employees in the face and took off running again,” Nicodemus said.

Employees continued chasing the man and police officers joined in the pursuit. The suspect, a 22-year-old man, was apprehended in the area of Eighth and Pottawatomie streets.

He was arrested for aggravated battery, making a criminal threat, interference with a law enforcement officer and theft.

Nicodemus said the criminal threat allegation stems from threats that reportedly were made against an officer and one of the employees of the automotive repair shop.

The employee who was punched suffered an severe injury and went to the hospital, according to Nicodemus.

The woman who had been walking with the suspect did not participate in the theft.