Outrage after man accused of killing Chinese food delivery man released on bail


The widow of a Chinese food delivery boy who was shot and killed is speaking out after her husband’s suspected killer was released on bail.

Glenn Hirsch, 51, was arrested in New York on June 1 for the alleged murder of Zhiwen Yan, a Chinese food delivery man, who was shot in the chest on April 30 while riding his scooter through the neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens.

A judge ordered Hirsch released from house arrest on Monday after posting $500,000 bail.

“I am devastated and heartbroken that the person who targeted and killed my husband has been released on bail. He is a danger to our community and his presence in the community where I live and work makes me feel safe. danger,” Yan’s wife, Eva Zhao, said. , said Tuesday in a statement obtained by ABC News. “I thank the district attorney and the police for their efforts to obtain and enforce a protective order for me, and I trust that we will get justice for my husband, Zhiwen Yan.”

Kunying Zhao, wife of delivery man Zhiwen Yan, speaks about her husband’s recent shooting death, May 1, 2022, in Queens, New York.

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The Queens District Attorney’s Office told ABC News on Wednesday that although prosecutors “have asked the court to discharge the defendant without bond, the court has set bail in a very large amount while agreeing to impose the conditions we requested, including house arrest and electronic monitoring. Any violation of the terms or conditions could result in the revocation of the bond.”

The prosecutor’s office added that prosecutors ensured that Hirsch was fitted with an electronic monitoring device before he was released at home.

Hirsch was arrested earlier this month and charged with 10 counts, the most serious of which is second-degree murder, as well as multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal harassment, documents show. charges obtained by ABC News.

If convicted, Hirsch could face life in prison, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

“As alleged, a small dispute over a takeout order became an obsessive point of contention for the defendant who began stalking and harassing restaurant employees for months,” Katz said in a June 2 statement. “The tragic end result was the murder of a hard-working employee, who left behind a devastated family and a grieving community.”

Hirsch pleaded not guilty on June 3, according to New York-based ABC station WABC. At the time, his lawyer told reporters he believed authorities had arrested “the wrong man”, WABC reported.

A person walks past a memorial for food delivery courier Zhiwen Yan, a 45-year-old Chinese immigrant who was shot and killed on April 30, 2022, outside the Chinese restaurant where he worked in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York on May 4, 2022.

A person walks past a memorial for food delivery courier Zhiwen Yan, a 45-year-old Chinese immigrant who was shot and killed on April 30, 2022, outside the Chinese restaurant where he worked in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York on May 4, 2022.

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ABC News has reached out to Hirsch’s attorney, Michael Horn, for additional comment.

Yan, 45, worked at a Chinese restaurant in Queens called The Great Wall for more than 20 years and worked three jobs to support his wife and young daughter, WABC reported in May.

Prosecutors said the suspect was a customer of The Great Wall who had had several prior disagreements with the establishment over orders, including a dispute over the amount of duck sauce he received in an order. Hirsch threatened the restaurant manager with a gun and twice vandalized vehicles belonging to his staff, police told ABC News.

In one instance, Hirsch arrived at the Great Wall with a gun drawn asking “do you remember me” and then slashed the restaurant owner’s tires, according to Katz.

A witness told police that an older model Lexus SUV fled the scene of the murder, the same type of vehicle driven by Hirsch.

Authorities said in May the shooter fired multiple times before fleeing east on 67th Drive in a gray or tan sedan.

An NYPD patrol vehicle stands in front of a memorial for Zhiwen Yan, a 45-year-old Chinese immigrant who was shot and killed on April 30, at Great Wall, a Chinese restaurant where he worked, in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, May 2, 2022.

A New York Police Department (NYPD) patrol vehicle stands in front of a memorial for Zhiwen Yan, a 45-year-old Chinese immigrant who was shot while working on April 30 at Great Wall, a Chinese restaurant where he worked , in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, May 2, 2022.

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Ahead of Hirsch’s bail, several New York lawmakers, including Rep. Grace Meng, issued a joint statement on Saturday opposing his potential release and calling it “terrifying and disturbing.”

“Someone who poses a clear and present danger should not be released into the community that is still mourning Zhiwen Yan’s death,” the lawmakers said. “We have been in contact with the 112th Precinct to seek assurances that Glenn Hirsch’s guns have been confiscated and will not be returned to him if bail is granted, that he will not be able to legally purchase additional firearms and that his movements will be closely monitored, including a ban on traveling near the Great Wall restaurant and its delivery areas.”

Hirsch’s wife, Dorothy Hirsch, was arrested on June 3 for weapons charges after authorities seized 8 handguns and ammunition from her home, according to charging documents obtained by ABC News.

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, has been charged with multiple counts of unlawful possession of firearms and is out on $150,000 bail. Her attorney Mark Bederow told ABC News in a telephone interview Wednesday that she pleaded not guilty and her next court date is July 12.

“She is not guilty of knowingly possessing firearms that were found in a closet used by Glenn Hirsch to store his trash in large trash bags and boxes,” Bederow said, adding that while the couple had separate residences, the couple was not separated, and Glenn Hirsch had a closet in his wife’s apartment.

“She had no knowledge of the presence of these items in the apartment. We believe this is a leverage ploy to gain her cooperation in the case against him which she has nothing to do with. see,” Bederow added.

Yan’s death came amid a series of attacks and a rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans in New York and across the country.

ABC News’ Aaron Katersky and Ahmad Hemingway contributed to this report.

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