The victim told investigators the incident began as she approached Milwood Avenue while walking north on Lincoln Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The suspect drove up in a white four-door sedan, asking the teen if she needed a ride. She said no and continued walking, the LAPD said.
The victim heard a door slam, then footsteps. She felt the man grab her arm and pull her toward the vehicle, according to police.
"The victim screamed and kicked the suspect," LAPD officials said in a statement. She ran away, and the attacker drove north on Lincoln.
The suspect was described as white with brown hair and brown eyes, the LAPD said. He was about 5 feet 10 and believed to be between 35 and 40 years old.
The LAPD said the man is similar to a sketch of a suspect developed by Torrance police after an Oct. 16 incident in that city. In that case, a man tried to coerce a 16-year-old girl into his car as she walked near Artesia Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard around 7 a.m.
"The victim ignored him as he continued to demand that she get in his vehicle, and he even offered her money at one point," Los Angeles police said
The victim found a friend, and the man fled in a vehicle described as a silver or gray Honda with four doors.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Edward Yoon of the LAPD's Pacific Station at (310) 482-6373 on weekdays. Torrance police detectives can be reached at (310) 328-3456.