The wife of the Queens ‘duck sauce killer’ was indicted on weapons charges after police raided her Briarwood home and found eight weapons and ammunition weeks after her husband shot a Chinese restaurant delivery driver in duck sauce.
Dorothy Hirsch, 62, pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Monday in Queens Supreme Court as her attorney, Mark Bedero, stood nearby.
Hirsch was arrested on June 3 after police raided her home, two days after her husband and alleged killer Glenn Hirsch were indicted for the April 30 shooting death of Zhiwen Yan.
Authorities say eight guns and ammunition were seized from Hirs’ Briarwood home during the bust.
Police records show the couple lived in separate homes with Glenn Hirsch living nearby in Jamaica.
Dorothy Hirsch, 62, during her deposition Monday in Queens Supreme Court. Hirsch was arrested on June 3 after police raided her home, two days after her husband and staunch client, Glenn Hirsch, was indicted in the April 30 shooting death of Zhiwen Yan.
Hirsch, 62, pleaded not guilty as her attorney, Mark Bedero, stood nearby
Arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm for the fatal shooting and killing of Zhiwen Yan, who left a Chinese food delivery over a duck sauce dispute. John M. for Daily Mail, June 27, 2022. Photograph at Queen’s Court by Mantel
Zhiwen Yan, 45, (pictured) looks like a wedding photo with his wife. Yan, 45, Chinese food delivery man shot dead in New York City: Police eye disgruntled customer, 50, who had ‘severe’ disputes with restaurant over his order and twice threatened workers with a gun.
Hours after Monday’s arraignment, attorney Mark Bedero told DailyMail.com of his client [Dorothy Hirsch] ‘She has nothing to do with the allegations against her husband and he is completely innocent,’ he said in part.
Bedero said Dorothy, who works as a registered nurse, has not lived with her husband, Glenn, for years.
“The DA is fully aware that he had access to his apartment and that the guns were recovered in boxes and garbage bags, among other garbage belonging to Glenn Hirsch, in the room he used,” Bedero said.
‘The DA’s own paperwork admits that the other items seized from the closet were his things. He has been linked to at least one and possibly more guns by forensic evidence.’
He added: ‘The prosecution of Dorothy, an honest 62-year-old woman who has never been arrested for knowingly carrying a firearm with the intent to use it illegally, is baseless.’
Bedero told DailyMail.com that his client’s bail was also set In excess of $150,000. He said at a July 12 court hearing that he was able to substantially reduce it to $30,000.
‘She is a good and decent, law-abiding woman who is being prosecuted only because she is legally married to a man accused of felony murder.’
‘She should be judged on the merits of the credible evidence against her, not on the alleged criminal acts of her husband.’
“She is innocent of possessing any weapons in her apartment, certainly with the intent to use them unlawfully,” said Hirsch’s attorney Mark Bedero (pictured left). ‘She is a good and decent, law-abiding woman who is being prosecuted only because she is legally married to a man accused of felony murder.’
A photo of the contents of a room searched by officers during the June raid
Eight Firearms were hidden in garbage bags in a closet in Dorothy Hirsch’s Briarwood home. Dorothy had not lived with her husband, Glen Hirs, for over a year, the attorney said
Hirsch had nine arrests before and while he is in custody, a police search was carried out at the home of his wife, who does not live with him, during which eight guns were recovered.
At Hirsch’s Briarwood home, police discovered his refrigerator stocked with sweet and sour duck sauce.
‘His entire fridge was full of duck sauce,’ a police source told the New York Daily News. ‘And other spices.’
‘He is a collector. And when you open the fridge, like this, condiments – there’s duck sauce, soy sauce, ketchup.’
The source suggested that the pile of spices in his apartment on 141st Street was all part of something going on in Hirsch’s mind that could kill him.
‘I think in some pathology people like that take that thing too seriously – you haven’t given him enough duck sauce,’ they said.
Hirsch, who has nine prior arrests on his record, has pleaded not guilty.
Yan, a father of three who moved to New York more than two decades ago, was making delivery rounds on his scooter in Forest Hills, Queens, cops said, when an explosion went off in his chest.
The shootout saw Yan and Hirsch, who was driving an older model Lexus RX3 SV at the time, exchange words at a traffic light before Yan was struck near 108th Street and 67th Drive, which is normally quiet and peaceful. nearby area.
A nearby witness later told investigators Hirsch fled the scene.
Police revealed surveillance footage captured Hirsch around the restaurant for about an hour the night of the shooting before following Yan.
Hirsch’s attorney, Michael Horn, told DailyMail.com that a warrant was issued for his arrest following the grand jury proceedings. However, he added that the Queens District Attorney’s office has ‘decided not to respect my professional etiquette. [Hirsch] Wherever possible, wherever necessary and they broke down his door last night and forced their way in a frightened man who had no idea what was going on.’
Yan, who worked seven days a week and held down three jobs to support his family, had been working at the Great Wall restaurant for more than a decade before his death, employee Kai Yang, 53, told the New York Daily News.
Hirsch was arrested 9 times between 1995 and 2012, but none of them have been disclosed because they are sealed. A police source told the Daily News that Hirsch, one of those arrested, was involved in a robbery with a gun.
Hearn said: ‘They are not relevant. We know that charges are meaningless without any justice … The district attorney has treated me as a thin case and is trying to add as many garnishes as possible to make the sandwich look bigger.’
A restaurant employee, Soi Chung, 70, told DailyMail.com that Hersh had “several” fights with staff at the restaurant and pulled a gun on staff during an incident in January.
Another incident last year saw an angry customer get angry about the amount of duck sauce he was given in one of his orders, Chung told the New York Post, prompting a campaign of harassment, vandalism and intimidation from the customer.
The most brazen threat from a customer, Chung said, came earlier this year, when Hirsch menacingly waved a gun at restaurant workers, prompting them to call 911.
Restaurant owner Kai Yang told the Post that the angry customer was tackled to the ground by staff, including Yan, shortly after he entered with a gun.
Hearn said on Thursday: ‘If my client had an argument with his manager, why would he have a fight or attack a delivery boy that everyone likes? There was no distribution.’
A makeshift memorial was set up for Zhiwen Yan, the delivery man who was murdered on the scene of the Great Wall Chinese Food Restaurant in Forest Hills.
Mourners left flowers, candles, photos and drawings at the scene for Zhiwen Yan, the delivery man who was killed at the Great Wall Chinese Food restaurant in Forest Hills.
Meanwhile, Yan left behind a wife and three children aged two, 12 and 14.
‘This was a father of three with three jobs – all delivering food,’ Yan’s nephew, who identified himself only as Michael, said at a press conference outside the family’s home in the neighboring village of Madhya Pradesh in April.
“He came here in 2001,” the relative said. ‘He has been in this country for over 20 years.’
He added: ‘It is unacceptable that this happened. This is a very quiet community. This never happened, this case.’
Despite Yan’s colleagues’ claims about Hirsch’s threatening behavior, it is currently unclear whether the delivery man was a specific target.
A GoFundMe page was created by Kunying Zhao – Yan’s wife.
“Since my husband passed away last night, I am starting a fundraiser for him,” Zhao wrote on May 1. He was a hard working delivery man and always provided for his family.’