A Queens, New York, man was arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a delivery driver for a neighborhood Chinese restaurant with which he had a long-standing dispute over … duck sauce.
Fifty-one-year-old Glenn Hirsch was taken into custody at his home near Briarwood Wednesday. He was also charged with criminal possession of a firearm which he is believed to have used in the shooting death of Zhiwen Yan, 45, on April 30, according to a statement from the New York City Police Department.
Upon a search of the suspect’s home, authorities found his refrigerator packed to maximum density with packets of sweet and sour duck sauce, among other condiments.
“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.”
“I guess in some pathology people like that take that stuff very seriously – you didn’t give him enough duck sauce,” the police source said.
Hirsch has nine prior arrests and is currently being held without bail.
(Video: Daily Mail)
Protesters brandishing signs arrived at the Queens Supreme Court Tuesday to demand that Hirsch be charged with a hate crime. Many of the signs showed pictures of Yan and one read, “This was a HATE CRIME. Don’t ignore that,” the Daily Mail reported.
Yan was a father of three and had moved to New York more than 20 years ago. He was a long-time employee of the Great Wall Chinese restaurant and made his deliveries on a scooter. Surveillance video shows Yan leaving an apartment building before he is stopped by someone at a traffic light and then evidently shot in the chest.
Surveillance video shows Yan getting on his scooter after delivering food to an apartment complex. He pulls out onto 108th street when someone walks up to him and shoots him in the chest. Suspect drives off in a light gray or tan Lexus eastbound on 67 Drive. pic.twitter.com/U3MuDwTnPa
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Police confirmed the identity of Hirsch in a surveillance video from Great Wall which showed the suspect pacing around the restaurant for approximately an hour on the night of the shooting. He is believed to have followed Yan once he left for another delivery. An eyewitness said they saw Hirsch flee the scene of the shooting.
Hirsch’s attorney, Michael Horn, told the Daily Mail that he made a request to bring his client in on his own recognizance, but the request was denied and cops arrested Hirsch at his apartment once the grand jury indictment came through.
Hirsch has an extensive rap sheet spanning from 1995 to 2012, the New York Daily News reported, but his attorney said none of that is relevant in this case.
“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,” Horn contended.
(Video: Daily Mail)
Restaurant owner Kai Yang told the New York Post that Hirsch had on one occasion waved a gun inside the restaurant as he ranted on about a previous delivery when he had not received an adequate amount of duck sauce with his order. Customers and employees, including Yan, wrestled Hirsch to the ground and held him as they waited for the police.
(Video: Daily Mail)
Attorney 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.”
A relative of Yan’s said during a presser, “He [Yan] came here in 2001. 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.”
A GoFundMe page was created by Yan’s wife, Kunying Zhao.
‘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 fund has surpassed its initial goal of $100,000, raising $212,799 as of Wednesday morning.
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