Security forces used airplanes from Prince Faisal Air Base to track the escaped prisoners, and followed tips and investigations on the ground. Col. Faisal Al-Zahrani, chief of Special Emergency Force in Tabuk, led the operation involving a number of police officers in the region and other supporting authorities.
The four escapees were tracked to a desert region 50 km from Tabuk; after their vehicle broke down, they decided to escape on foot. After they were located, their hideout was besieged in a standoff that lasted nine hours.
The press secretary of the Tabuk police, Lt. Col. Khaled Al-Ghaban, said that police arrested the escapees after a successful operation that resulted in no injuries.
Three of the Tabuk prisoners are related; two of them are brothers and the third is their nephew. They also arrested a fifth person found with the prisoners, and drugs and arms found in their rugged mountainous hiding site were seized.