QUEENS (PIX11) — The man accused of killing a Queens deliveryman after a months-long vendetta over a Chinese food order was granted bail on Monday, officials said.
Bail was set at $500,000 for Glenn Hirsch; his brother posted the bail. Hirsch will be under home confinement and will only be allowed out for one hour a day, authorities said. He won’t be allowed near the restaurant where Zhiwen Yan, 45, worked. Hirsch will also be required to wear an ankle monitor.
Police arrested Hirsch on June 2 in connection with the April 30 shooting of Yan. The 51-year-old Queens man allegedly spent months stalking and harassing workers from Great Wall Restaurant, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.
Workers at Great Wall Restaurant did not want to talk on Monday, but did share a statement. Yan’s family is “living in fear now,” workers said. They worried there could be some kind of revenge even though Hirsch “will not be as free as before.”
Hirsch’s attorney, Michael Horn, said police have the wrong guy. He said Hirsch is an “honorable man” who will follow the judge’s orders.
“The real killer is out there someplace else,” Horn said.
The incident leading up to Yan’s death began back in November of 2021 when Hirsch asked for extra duck sauce to go with his order. Great Wall Chinese Restaurant workers gave him the sauce, but “the defendant became irate, nonetheless, and argued with workers at the eatery,” officials said. Hirsch demanded a refund. He wanted to return the food and when workers refused, he called the police, according to the indictment.
Officers arrived and workers explained to them that they could not accept food back because of COVID. Hirsch stormed out, but he allegedly came back repeatedly and threatened employees, eventually allegedly fatally shooting Yan when the restaurant worker was out making deliveries.
Hirsch was indicted by a Queens County grand jury on murder, stalking and other charges. He faces between 29 2/3 to 44 years-to-life in prison, if convicted.