Queens man, 51, charged with murder of Chinese food delivery driver ‘after argument with staff over duck sauce’ was a hoarder whose refrigerator was filled with the condiment
- Glenn Hirsch, 51, was arrested last Wednesday at his home near Briarwood and was also charged with criminal possession of a firearm
- Hirsch is suspected in the deadly shooting of Zhiwen Yan, 45, on April 30, according to a statement from the NYPD
- Cops found eight guns while searching Hirsch’s wife’s home, with who he doesn’t live with
- That wasn’t quite what they found at Hirsch’s home, as cops allegedly found his entire refrigerator stocked to the gills with sweet and sour duck sauce
- ‘He’s a hoarder. And when you open the refrigerator, it’s like, condiments — there’s duck sauce, soy sauce, ketchup’
The Queens man arrested on suspicion of murdering the longtime delivery driver of a local Chinese restaurant over a dispute about duck sauce apparently held a creepy obsession with the condiment.
Glenn Hirsch, 51, was arrested last Wednesday at his home near Briarwood and was also charged with criminal possession of a firearm for the deadly shooting of Zhiwen Yan, 45, on April 30, according to a statement from the NYPD.
Hirsch appeared again Queens Supreme Court on Wednesday. Both Hirsch’s mother and brother, as a group of protesters demanding justice for Yan were at the scene.
Cops found eight guns while searching Hirsch’s wife’s home, with who he doesn’t live with.
That wasn’t quite what they found at Hirsch’s home, as cops allegedly found his entire refrigerator stocked to the gills with sweet and sour duck sauce while attempting to locate more guns.
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 allegedly found his entire refrigerator stocked to the gills with the Great Wall’s sweet and sour duck sauce
‘His whole refrigerator was filled with duck sauce,’ a 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 in Jamaica are all a part of what was going on in Hirsch’s brain to 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 and his currently being held without bail.
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
Both Hirsch’s mother and brother, as a group of protesters demanding justice for Yan were at the scene at Queens Supreme Court on Tuesday
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
He 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.
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
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. Cops 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 last Wednesday. 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.
The outlet further reported that Hirsch has an extensive criminal history. He 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 on Thursday
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
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), a Hirsch had ‘multiple’ disputes with the Forest Hills eatery, and pulled a gun on staffers during an incident 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, created by Kunying Zhao – Yan’s wife – shared to benefit her three children.
‘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 $212,799 as of Wednesday morning.