Glenn Hirsch, the Queens man accused of fatally shooting food delivery boy Zhiwen Yan, has reportedly raised $500,000 to get out of jail as early as next week.
Yan, 45, was make a delivery near 108th Street and 67th Drive on April 30 at about 9:30 p.m. when someone began firing in his direction, according to police. The incident took place just half a mile from Great Wall restaurant, Yan’s workplace for more than two decades.
Hirsch, 51, was arrested in connection with the June 1 shooting. An investigation found that the patron saint of the Great Wall had been involved in a series of disturbing encounters with the restaurant’s staff, which allegedly resulted from a dispute over duck sauce last November.
At the time, Hirsch reportedly asked for more duck sauce after already ingesting an entire tub. While employees complied with his request, he still demanded a refund and called the police when they refused to return his money.
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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz called Hirsch’s demand for more duck sauce an “obsessive point of contention.” During a search of the house, authorities discovered that his refrigerator… filled with duck sauce and other spiceswith a police source calling him a “hoarder”.
Hirsch, who pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges, attended a bail hearing Thursday. His brother, Lee Hirsch, told the… Daily mail that he had a check for $500,000 to present to the court.
Judge Daniel Lewis set Hirsch’s bail conditions, which included getting an ankle monitor and surrendering his passport. Judge Kenneth Holder, who… put Hirsch’s bailwill decide on Monday whether or not to release him.
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Hirsch is said to have had at least nine previous arrests between 1995 and 2012, including armed robbery. But his lawyer, Michael Horn, said they are “irrelevant”.
“We know that accusations are meaningless without any form of judgment,” Horn told the Daily Mail. “The prosecutor takes what I consider to be a flimsy case and tries to put in as much garnish as possible to make the sandwich look bigger.”
Yan, who immigrated to the US from China in 2001, leaves behind his wife Kunying Zhao and their three young children. Community members described him as the “hardest working man around.”
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“Every time you came by, he said ‘hi my friend,'” Philip Jacoby . told me Spectrum News† “Snow, rain, hurricane he was delivering. He was the nicest man.”
A GoFundMe campaign set up last month for Yan’s three children managed to raise $154,160. Zhao is still raising money for her late husband a separate campaign†
Featured image via FOX 5 New York (left), GoFundMe (Turn right)
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