Zhiwen Yan’s Suspected Killer Glenn Hirsch Terrorized Restaurant Staff
The furious customer accused of gunning down a hard-working Chinese food delivery man is finally behind bars – more than a month after the shocking murder in Queens, police said on Thursday.
Accused killer Glenn Hirsch is now charged with murder in the April 30 cold-blooded murder of beloved restaurant delivery boy Zhiwen Yan, police say.
Cops said at a Thursday briefing that detectives need to build a case against Hirsch before they can drag him.
“Although this case seemed simple at first because we developed the suspect early on, you know, developing enough evidence to get to the level of probable cause took a while,” NYPD Lt. John Russo told reporters. journalists.
“Why did it take from April 30 until now when opposite it seemed like we knew straight away who he was? Well, you know, we want to make sure we have the right person and we have a prosecution file,” Russo said.
Police also revealed that Hirsch was filmed by surveillance footage circling the restaurant for about an hour on the night of the shooting – and then followed Yan.
Cops said they recovered eight firearms after executing a search warrant for Hirsch’s ex-wife on Wednesday night.
New details also show that Hirsch had long targeted the Chinese restaurant Great Wall, where Yan worked, in a dispute over duck sauce.
“We report so many times,” restaurant owner Kai Yang told The Post on Thursday.
“We gave the photo and everything to the police department,” Yang said. “All month, everyone (was) scared.”
Now, he said, “everyone is strong to support the family.”
Yang said Hirsch’s beef with Great Wall started in November when he complained he had run out of duck sauce after taking an order.
In December, Hirsch, 51, allegedly vandalized Yang’s silver Lexus RV300 outside the restaurant, causing damage worth $250, police and Yang sources said.
On January 28, Hirsch was back and reportedly walked into the restaurant asking the employees, “Do you remember me? before throwing a gun and slashing the tires of Yang’s new car, the sources said.
Yang told the Post last month that workers, including Yan, knocked the suspected shooter to the ground until police showed up at the incident with a gun.
“How’s your car?” Hirsch allegedly told the restaurant workers, prosecutors said. “Remember me? I will kill your whole family.
Then, in April, came the fatal shooting of Yan.
Police said Hirsch spotted Yan on a scooter near 108th Street and 67th Drive in Forest Hills around 9:30 p.m., got out of his car, and fatally shot the delivery man.
Hirsch remained at large until Wednesday, when police executed a warrant and arrested him at his apartment.
A lawyer for Hirsch denied the allegations.
“I think they arrested the wrong person,” attorney Michael Horn said.
“My client argued with the manager over an order that was placed…He didn’t argue with any delivery person, and he did nothing to harm any delivery person.”
He awaits arraignment on Thursday for murder and possession of weapons.
“We are all relieved that someone has been arrested,” Yan’s heartbroken widow Eva Zhao said in a statement released Thursday through her attorney.
“We are grateful to the NYPD and have full confidence that the Queens District Attorney will bring justice to Zhiwen, a loving and kind husband, father, son, friend and community member,” the statement read.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore