Belmont police are investigating an incident in which a man in a sport utility vehicle approached a middle school student walking home from his first day of classes.

The fifth-grader from Chenery Middle School was walking in the Payson Road area around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday when a man in an SUV, without saying anything, waved him over to the vehicle. The student became upset and was assisted in getting home by a woman who noticed his distress, Belmont police said in a statement.

The SUV was described as white, with a spare tire with a black cover on the back. The driver was described as a light-skinned black male in his 30s, with short black hair and a thin beard, wearing a long-sleeved, white dress shirt with a black tie, the statement said.

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Belmont police will increase their presence near schools, said Assistant Chief James MacIsaac.

The student acted appropriately and reported the incident immediately, Thomas Kingston, interim superintendent of Belmont public schools, said in a statement.

Kingston also encouraged students to walk with friends, avoid remote areas, and not to speak to strangers.

Police asked anyone with information to call detectives at 617-993-2550.