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Accused 'duck sauce' killer of Chinese deliveryman released on bail in Queens

Ellen Moynihan and Graham Rayman, New York Daily News on

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A judge in Queens granted $500,000 bail Monday for accused “duck sauce” killer Glenn Hirsch as he awaits trial on charges he fatally shot a Chinese food deliveryman over a bizarre months-long beef over insufficient condiment packets.

Hirsch, 51, had faced a long stint awaiting trial on Rikers Island — until he posted the hefty bail. Queens Criminal Court Judge Kenneth Holder granted Hirsch’s release into home confinement following a hearing in Queens Supreme Court.

Hirsch’s brother posted the bail with a certified check, but the $500,000 came from Hirsch himself, his lawyer Michael Horn said.

Holder ordered the city Sheriff’s Department fit Hirsch with an electronic bracelet. He has to stay in his home 24 hours a day, except for visits to his lawyer, doctor, court and one hour per day of exercise.

“Apparently there are enough people around who just hate you that I’m sure they’re going to take a picture of you if they see you in an area where you should not be and send it to the court,” the judge said, warning Hirsch to comply with the strict terms of his release.

Authorities say that Hirsch became enraged on Nov. 30 that he did not receive enough duck sauce with his take-home order from the Great Wall restaurant in Forest Hills. His frustration allegedly exploded on April 30 when he shot and killed Zhiwen Yan, 45, a well-liked deliveryman for the restaurant. Hirsch, who was arrested on June 2, has pleaded not guilty.


Detectives said that Hirsch had been stalking Yan and other staff at the restaurant on Queens Blvd. for weeks before the shooting. Prosecutors described his demand for duck sauce as an “obsessive point of contention.”

Hirsch drove around the block where the restaurant is located several times on the night of the murder. When Yan left the restaurant on his scooter to make a delivery, Hirsch allegedly followed and then shot him in the street.

In a bizarre twist, police searching Hirsch’s 141st St. apartment in Jamaica found that his refrigerator was full of duck sauce and other condiment packets, a source said.

“He’s a hoarder,” a police source previously told the Daily News.


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