A man avoided serious injury when an armed robber fired at his victim during a hold-up on South Townsend Street in Syracuse.

Syracuse police report that the victim said he was in the hallway of 939 S. Townsend when a male confronted him and stole his cell phone. The two struggled for the phone until the suspect produced a handgun. He fired a shot and fled on foot. The victim had scratches and abrasions on his face but declined medical attention. The suspect was described as a black male in his 30's, bald, 6 foot 2, 220 pounds.