Outrage after a man is accused of killing a Chinese food delivery worker on bail – Deltaplex News

(New York) – The widow of a Chinese food delivery worker who was fatally shot speaks after her husband’s alleged killer was released on bail.

Glenn Hirsch, 51, was arrested in New York City on June 1 for the murder of Xiuen Yan, a Chinese food delivery worker, who was shot in the chest on April 30 while riding his motorcycle in the Forest Hills, Queens neighborhood.

A judge ordered Hirsch’s release and confinement to his home on Monday after posting a $500,000 bond.

“I am sad and saddened that the person who targeted and killed my husband has been released on bail. His presence in the community in which I live and work makes me feel insecure,” Yan’s wife, Eva Zhao, said in a statement obtained by ABC News on Tuesday. and the police for their efforts to obtain and enforce a protection order, and I have faith that we will bring justice to my husband, Zhiwen Yan.”

The Queens County District Attorney’s Office told ABC News on Wednesday that although prosecutors “asked the court to return the accused without bail, the court set the bail at a very large sum while agreeing to impose the conditions we requested, including house arrest and electronic surveillance.” Any violation of the terms or conditions will result in the cancellation of the warranty.”

The DA added that prosecutors confirmed that Hirsch was fitted with an electronic monitoring device prior to his release 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 several counts of criminal possession of a weapon and stalking, according to indictment documents obtained by ABC News.

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

“Allegedly, a minor dispute over the take-over order became an obsessive point of contention for the defendant who began stalking and harassing staff at the restaurant for several months,” Cutts said in a statement on June 2. “The tragic end result is the murder of a hard-working employee, leaving behind a broken family and a grieving community.”

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

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

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

According to prosecutors, the suspect was a customer of The Great Wall and had multiple prior disagreements with the establishment over the orders, including one over the amount of duck sauce he got in the order. Police told ABC News that Hirsch threatened the restaurant manager with a gun and twice vandalized his employees’ vans.

In one case, Hirsch reached the Great Wall of China with a drawn gun asking “Do you remember me,” then proceeded to slash the restaurateur’s tires, according to Katz.

An eyewitness told police that an older model of the Lexus SUV escaped from the scene of the killing, the same type of vehicle Hirsch was driving.

Authorities said in May that the shooter fired several times before fleeing east on Route 67 in a gray or brown sedan.

Before Hirsch was released on bail, several New York lawmakers, including Representative Grace Meng, issued a joint statement Saturday opposing the prospect of his release, calling it “terrifying and troubling.”

“Anyone who represents a clear and present danger in the community who continues to mourn the death of Xiuen Yan should not be released,” the congressmen said. “We have reached out to the 112th Circuit to obtain assurances that Glenn Hirsch’s guns have been confiscated and will not be returned to him if he is released on bail, that he will not be able to legally purchase additional firearms, and that his movements will be closely monitored including a ban on approaching The Great Wall Restaurant and its delivery areas.

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

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

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

“She was not aware of these objects in the apartment. We believe this is a heavy pressure ploy to gain her cooperation in the case against him which has nothing to do with it,” Pedro added.

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

Aaron Katersky and Ahmed Hemingway of ABC News contributed to this report.

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