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Queens man, 51, who ‘shot dead Chinese food delivery driver over duck sauce’ posts $500,000 bail

A New York man dubbed the ‘duck sauce killer’ after allegedly killing his Chinese food delivery man has been released from jail Monday after he posted $500,000  bail.

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.

Hirsch’s brother posted the $500,000 in a certified check earlier today, though attorney Michael Horn says that the money came from his client. Bail was set at $500,000 cash or $10million in secured bond or $15million in partially secured bond, according to the Queens Chronicle

He is being forced to wear an ankle bracelet monitoring him and he’s not allowed to leave his neighborhood in Jamaica, Queens and is, of course, not allowed to go anywhere near The Great Wall, the restaurant he feuded with in the buildup to the shooting. 

‘Apparently there are enough people around who just hate you that I’m sure they’re going to take a picture of you if they see you in an area where you should not be and send it to the court,’ Queens Criminal Court Judge Kenneth Holder said.  

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.

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.

Hirsch's brother posted the $500,000 in a certified check, though attorney Michael Horn says that the money came from his client

Hirsch’s brother posted the $500,000 in a certified check, though attorney Michael Horn says that the money came from his client

He is being forced to wear an ankle bracelet monitoring him and he's not allowed to leave his neighborhood in Jamaica, Queens and is, of course, not allowed to go anywhere near The Great Wall, the restaurant he feuded with in the buildup to the shooting

He is being forced to wear an ankle bracelet monitoring him and he’s not allowed to leave his neighborhood in Jamaica, Queens and is, of course, not allowed to go anywhere near The Great Wall, the restaurant he feuded with in the buildup to the shooting

'Apparently there are enough people around who just hate you that I'm sure they're going to take a picture of you if they see you in an area where you should not be and send it to the court,' Queens Criminal Court Judge Kenneth Holder said

‘Apparently there are enough people around who just hate you that I’m sure they’re going to take a picture of you if they see you in an area where you should not be and send it to the court,’ Queens Criminal Court Judge Kenneth Holder said

Hirsch is also banned from Grand Central Station, Penn Station, any PATH train station (all outlets that would allow him to leave New York City) and cannot go within a mile of any airport.  

Horn claimed to be happy with the result and maintained Hirsch’s innocence. 

‘I’m happy with the way things worked, I thought the judge made a nice compromise about public safety versus the rights of an individual not convicted of a crime,’ Horn said. 

‘Our position is that he’s not the guy who did this, that that person is still out there,’ he added. ‘And we’re going to try and find that person as much as anybody else.’ 

Hirsch has nine prior arrests and while he 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.

‘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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