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Queens man who murdered Chinese food delivery driver after argument over duck sauce posts $500k bail

A New York man arrested on suspicion of murdering the longtime delivery driver of a local Chinese restaurant, in a dispute over duck sauce, has managed to raise $500,000 with the intention of posting bail early next week.

Glenn Hirsch, 51, from Queens, was arrested earlier this month and charged with murder and the criminal possession of a firearm in the deadly shooting of Zhiwen Yan, 45, on April 30.

On Thursday, Glenn attended a bail hearing together with his brother, Lee, who told DailyMail.com that he had a check for half-a-million dollars ready to present to the court in a bid to secure his release while awaiting trial.

Lee Hirsch, brother to suspect Glenn Hirsch, leaves Judge Daniel Lewis’ courtroom in Queens Supreme Court on Thursday having attended a bail hearing 

Lee Hirsch, pictured, is said to have a check for $500,000 ready to present to the judge in a bid to have his brother released on bail

Lee Hirsch, pictured, is said to have a check for $500,000 ready to present to the judge in a bid to have his brother released on bail 

Alleged kiiler Glen Hirsch, appears for a bail hearing that was set by Judge Kenneth Holder in Queens Supreme Court earlier in June

Alleged kiiler Glen Hirsch, appears for a bail hearing that was set by Judge Kenneth Holder in Queens Supreme Court earlier in June

Hirsch was charged with the shooting murder of a Chinese food deliveryman

Hirsch was charged with the shooting murder of a Chinese food deliveryman 

Attorney Michael Moore representing Glenn Hirsch is pictured speaking with DailyMail.com

Attorney Michael Moore representing Glenn Hirsch is pictured speaking with DailyMail.com 

The hearing saw Judge Daniel Lewis setting bail conditions for Hirsch which include surrendering his passport and having an ankle monitor placed on him.

Hirsch has nine prior arrests and his imminent release on bond is yet another example of New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg's soft-on-crime approach that looks for alternatives to prison sentences in some criminal cases.

Hirsch has nine prior arrests and his imminent release on bond is yet another example of New York County District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s soft-on-crime approach that looks for alternatives to prison sentences in some criminal cases. 

A second judge, Justice Kenneth Holder is to make a final determination on Monday on whether to release Hirsch following presentation of the bail bond. 

Hirsch has nine prior arrests and his imminent release on bond is yet another example of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s soft-on-crime approach that looks for alternatives to prison sentences in some criminal cases.

Since becoming NYC’s District Attorney in January, Bragg’s tenure been mired in controversy due to an internal memo in which he asked prosecutors in his office to seek jail or prison time in only the most severe cases – a pledge he was ultimately forced to back away from in the face of public criticism. 

Upon taking office in January, Bragg immediately sparked controversy and opposition from police after implementing a number of progressive criminal justice reforms in which he said any crime involving a firearm would be prosecuted as a felony after earlier suggesting they would be treated as misdemeanors. 

While Hirsch has been in custody, a police search was conducted at the home of his wife, who he doesn’t live with, during which eight guns were recovered. 

Over at Hirsch’s Briarwood home, cops discovered his refrigerator packed with sweet and sour duck sauce.

Glenn Hirsch (pictured), 51, was arrested on Wednesday night at his home near Briarwood in Queens for the murder of 45-year-old Zhiwen Yan, who had worked for The Great Wall Chinese restaurant in Queen for more than a decade, known as the Great Wall

Glenn Hirsch (pictured), 51, was arrested on Wednesday night at his home near Briarwood in Queens for the murder of 45-year-old Zhiwen Yan, who had worked for The Great Wall Chinese restaurant in Queen for more than a decade, known as the Great Wall

At Hirsch's home, cops apparently found his refrigerator packed to the gills with the Great Wall's sweet and sour duck sauce

At Hirsch’s home, cops apparently found his refrigerator packed to the gills with the Great Wall’s sweet and sour duck sauce

‘His whole refrigerator was filled with duck sauce,’ a police source told the New York Daily News. ‘And other condiments.’

‘He’s a hoarder. And when you open the refrigerator, it’s like, condiments – there’s duck sauce, soy sauce, ketchup.’

The source suggested the piles of condiments at his apartment on 141st Street were all a part of what was going on in Hirsch’s brain that may have lead him to kill.  

‘I guess in some pathology people like that take that stuff very seriously – you didn’t give him enough duck sauce,’ they said. 

Hirsch, who had nine prior arrests on his record, has pleaded not guilty.

Hirsch has not yet been charged with a hate crime in the case, a source of contention for some of the protesters outside Queens Supreme Court Tuesday, June 7th

Hirsch has not yet been charged with a hate crime in the case, a source of contention for some of the protesters outside Queens Supreme Court Tuesday, June 7th

Both Hirsch's mother and brother are pictured at Queens Supreme Court earlier this month

Both Hirsch’s mother and brother are pictured at Queens Supreme Court earlier this month

Supporters of Zhiwen Yan, who was allegedly killed by Glenn Hirsch, 51, hold a demonstration outside Queens Supreme Court

Supporters of Zhiwen Yan, who was allegedly killed by Glenn Hirsch, 51, hold a demonstration outside Queens Supreme Court

The marchers held signs suggesting police did a poor job at protecting Yan, as well as photos of the victim

The marchers held signs suggesting police did a poor job at protecting Yan, as well as photos of the victim

The marchers held signs suggesting police did a poor job at protecting Yan, as well as photos of the victim, as well as a sign that said: ‘This was a HATE CRIME. Don’t ignore that.’ 

There were also protests against gun violence and anti-Asian discrimination.  

Yan, a father-of-three who moved to New York from more than two decades ago, was doing delivery-rounds on his scooter in Forest Hills, Queens, cops say, when he was blasted in the chest.

The shooting saw Yan and Hirsch, who was believed to be driving an older model of a Lexus RX3 SV at the time, briefly exchange words at a traffic light before Yan was hit near 108th Street and 67th Drive, in what is usually a quiet and close-knit area. 

Zhiwen Yan, 45, (right) in this undated image on the day of his wedding, was making a delivery on his scooter in the Forest Hills neighborhood Queens at around 9:30 pm on April 30, cops say, when he was fatally shot in the chest

Zhiwen Yan, 45, (right) in this undated image on the day of his wedding, was making a delivery on his scooter in the Forest Hills neighborhood Queens at around 9:30 pm on April 30, cops say, when he was fatally shot in the chest

The altercation, police say, saw Yan and the suspect briefly exchange words before he was shot once in the chest near 108th Street and 67th Drive, in what is usually a quiet, close-knit community. Cops are pictured at the crime scene, looking over Yan's scooter

The altercation, police say, saw Yan and the suspect briefly exchange words before he was shot once in the chest near 108th Street and 67th Drive, in what is usually a quiet, close-knit community. Cops are pictured at the crime scene, looking over Yan’s scooter

A witness nearby later told investigators that Hirsch fled the scene. 

Police revealed they captured Hirsch on surveillance footage pacing around the restaurant for roughly an hour on the night of the shooting before following Yan. 

Hirsch’s lawyer, Michael Horn, told DailyMail.com that a warrant was issued for his arrest after the grand jury’s proceeding. However, he added that the Queens District Attorney’s office ‘decided not to honor my professional courtesy to bring [Hirsch] in whenever as possible, where’s necessary and they basically broke down his door last night and forced their way to a scared man who doesn’t know what’s going on.’

Yan, who worked seven days a week and held three jobs to support his family, had been working at the Great Wall restaurant for more than a decade prior to his death, 53-year-old employee Kai Yang told the New York Daily News.  

Hirsch was arrested 9 times between 1995 and 2012, but none of them are disclosed as they are sealed. One of the arrests is related to Hirsch committing a robbery with a gun, police sources told the Daily News. 

Horn said: ‘They’re not relevant. We know that accusations are meaningless without any judication… The District Attorney is taking what I consider to be a thin case and trying to put as much garnish as possible to make the sandwich look bigger.’

Michael Horn, attorney for Glenn Hirsch, spoke to DailyMail.com outside court earlier in June

Michael Horn, attorney for Glenn Hirsch, spoke to DailyMail.com outside court earlier in June

A restaurant employee, Soi Chung, 70, told DailyMail.com that Hirsch had ‘multiple’ disputes with staff at the eatery and pulled a gun on staffers during one incident in January. 

Another incident last year saw the angry customer become peeved over the amount of duck sauce given to him in one of his orders, Chung told The New York Post, spurring a campaign of harassment, vandalism, and threats from the customer.

The most brazen threat from the customer, Chung said, came earlier this year, when Hirsch menacingly waved a gun at the restaurant workers, spurring them to call 911.

Restaurant owner Kai Yang told the Post that the angry customer was put to the ground by employees, which included Yan, shortly after he came inside with the firearm. 

Horn said on Thursday: ‘If my client had an argument with the manager, then why is he having a fight or assaulted a delivery guy who everybody seems to like. There was no delivery.’

Police say the incident transpired immediately after Yan - a father-of-three and Forest Hills resident who moved to New York from China more than two decades ago - had dropped off a delivery at a nearby address in the usually quiet residential neighborhood

Police say the incident transpired immediately after Yan – a father-of-three and Forest Hills resident who moved to New York from China more than two decades ago – had dropped off a delivery at a nearby address in the usually quiet residential neighborhood

Meanwhile, Yan leaves behind a wife and three children, aged two, 12, and 14. 

‘This was a father of three children working three jobs – all food delivery,’ Yan’s nephew, who identified himself as Michael, said during a presser in April held outside the family’s home in neighboring Middle Village.

‘He came here in 2001,’ the relative went on. ‘He has been in this country over 20 years.’

He added: ‘It’s unacceptable that this happened. This is a very peaceful community. This never happened, this kind of issue.’

According to a colleague of Yan's at Great Wall restaurant, pictured, Hirsch had 'multiple' disputes with the Forest Hills eatery, and pulled a gun on staffers last January

According to a colleague of Yan’s at Great Wall restaurant, pictured, Hirsch had ‘multiple’ disputes with the Forest Hills eatery, and pulled a gun on staffers last January

Despite Yan’s colleagues’ claims concerning Hirsch’s threatening behavior, it is currently unclear if the delivery man was a specific target.

A GoFundMe page was created by Kunying Zhao – Yan’s wife.

‘I’m starting a fundraiser for my husband because he passed away last night,’ Zhao wrote on May 1. ‘He was a hardworking delivery man and always provided for his family.’ 

The page surpassed its initial goal of $100,000, raising $216,194 as of Thursday night.


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