LOS ANGELES -- A thirteen year old girl on her way to school was attacked by a sexual predator near a busy intersection Friday morning, but was able to fight off her attacker and escape unharmed.

The girl worked with police to create a composite sketch of the man who sexually assaulted her, and the police are asking for the public's help in identifying him.

It happened near the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Jefferson Park shortly after 7:00 a.m., according to Detective Chris Morton of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The girl was walking to school when a man grabbed her and forced her onto the grass of a nearby home, Detective Morton says. The teen told detectives the man tried to drag her behind a gate and then threw her to the ground where he attempted to sexually assault her. She managed to kick and scream and fight him off. He gave up and ran away, detectives say.

The girl, who said she was crying and screaming, called for help, but no one came to her aid, detectives say.

Police searched the area for the man described as a male black in his 30's, weighing about 180 pounds, 6 feet tall, wearing a black sweatshirt and gray shorts.

The girl was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out, but appeared to have no physical injuries, detective Morton said.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the L.A.P.D.'s Southwest division at (213) 485-6571.