The man tried to snatch the teen on a trail in the vicinity of Melrose Drive and San Elijo Road sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. on April 6, according to sheriff's Detective Scott Carter.
The suspect was described as a tall, heavyset black man with short dreadlocks with bleached tips and hair on the sides of his face. He was wearing a white T-shirt, camouflage shorts, white ankle socks and gray tennis shoes, and also had "gauge'' earrings about half the size of a dime and a colored tattoo on his left forearm.
"We’re not investigating this as a kidnapping at this point. But who knows what his intentions were and that is something we want to find out,” according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dan Deese.
The suspect's vehicle was possibly a 2004 or newer white Chevrolet pickup truck with a white camper shell.
“His actions are obviously suspicious and something we want to look at, something we want to talk to him about and see what his history is and see if he has done something like this before, and maybe find out what his intentions were,” Deese said.
Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect was asked to call Carter at 760-510-5223.