Wife of Queens ‘duck sauce killer’ arraigned on weapons charges

The wife of Queens ‘duck sauce killer’ was arraigned on weapons charges after cops raided her Briarwood home and found eight handguns and ammunition weeks after her husband shot dead a Chinese restaurant delivery driver over duck sauce.

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, pleaded not guilty during her arraignment on Monday in Queens Supreme Court as her attorney Mark Bederow stood nearby.

On June 3, Hirsch was arrested after police conducted a raid at her home two days after her husband and alleged killer, Glenn Hirsch was charged in the April 30 shooting death of Zhiwen Yan.

During the bust authorities seized 8 handguns and ammunition from Hirsch’s Briarwood home, officials said.

Police records show the couple live in separate homes with Glenn Hirsch living in nearby Jamaica.

Dorothy Hirsch, 62, during her arraignment on Monday in Queens Supreme Court. On June 3, Hirsch was arrested after police conducted a raid at her home two days after her husband and fanatic customer, Glenn Hirsch was charged in the April 30 shooting death of Zhiwen Yan

Hirsch, 62, pleaded not guilty after as her attorney Mark Bederow stood nearby

Hirsch, 62, pleaded not guilty after as her attorney Mark Bederow stood nearby

Arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm for the deadly shooting and the murder of Zhiwen Yan, who was dropping off a Chinese food delivery in a dispute over duck sauce.  Photo at Queens court by John M. Mantel for Daily Mail, June 27, 2022

Arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm for the deadly shooting and the murder of Zhiwen Yan, who was dropping off a Chinese food delivery in a dispute over duck sauce. Photo at Queens court by John M. Mantel for Daily Mail, June 27, 2022

Zhiwen Yan, 45, (pictured) with his wife in what appears to be a wedding photo.  Yan, who worked as a Chinese food delivery man, 45, is shot dead in New York City: Cops eye disgruntled customer, 50, who had 'multiple' disputes with the restaurant over his orders and twice threatened workers with a gun

Zhiwen Yan, 45, (pictured) with his wife in what appears to be a wedding photo. Yan, who worked as a Chinese food delivery man, 45, is shot dead in New York City: Cops eye disgruntled customer, 50, who had ‘multiple’ disputes with the restaurant over his orders and twice threatened workers with a gun

Hours after the Monday arraignment, attorney Mark Bederow told DailyMail.com that his client [Dorothy Hirsch] has ‘nothing to do with the allegations against her husband and is absolutely innocent,’ he said in part.

Bederow said that 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 Glenn Hirsch’s other junk in a closet used by him,’ Bederow said.

‘The DA’s own paperwork acknowledges that the other items recovered from the closet were his things. He is linked to at least one and possibly more of the firearms by forensic evidence.’

He added: ‘To prosecute Dorothy, a decent 62 year old woman who has never been arrested with knowingly possessing his firearms—with the intent to use them unlawfully—is preposterous.’

Bederow told DailyMail.com that even his client’s bail was set at an exorbitant amount that was well over $150,000. He said at her July 12 court hearing he was able to get it substantially reduced to $30,000.

‘She is a good and decent, law abiding woman who is being prosecuted merely because she is legally married to the person who is accused of committing a heinous murder.’

‘She should be judged on the merits of the credible evidence against her, not the alleged criminal acts of her husband.’

'She is absolutely innocent of possessing any firearms in her apartment certainly with the intent to use unlawfully,' Hirsch's attorney Mark Bederow (pictured left) said.  'She is a good and decent, law abiding woman who is being prosecuted merely because she is legally married to the person who is accused of committing a heinous murder.'

‘She is absolutely innocent of possessing any firearms in her apartment certainly with the intent to use unlawfully,’ Hirsch’s attorney Mark Bederow (pictured left) said. ‘She is a good and decent, law abiding woman who is being prosecuted merely because she is legally married to the person who is accused of committing a heinous murder.’

A photo of the contents of the closet that authorities searched during the June raid

A photo of the contents of the closet that authorities searched during the June raid

Eight fireams concealed in garbage bags and kept in a closet in the Briarwood home of Dorothy Hirsch.  Dorothy hasn't lived with her husband Glenn Hirsch for year, the attorney said

Eight fireams concealed in garbage bags and kept in a closet in the Briarwood home of Dorothy Hirsch. Dorothy hasn’t lived with her husband Glenn Hirsch for year, the attorney said

Hirsch had nine prior arrests and while he has been in custody, a police search was conducted at the home of his wife, who he doesn’t live with, during which eight guns were recovered.

Over at Hirsch’s Briarwood home, cops discovered his refrigerator packed with sweet and sour duck sauce.

‘His whole refrigerator was filled with duck sauce,’ a police source told the New York Daily News. ‘And other condiments.’

‘He’s a hoarder. And when you open the refrigerator, it’s like, condiments – there’s duck sauce, soy sauce, ketchup.’

The source suggests the piles of condiments at his apartment on 141st Street were all a part of what was going on in Hirsch’s brain that may have lead him to kill.

‘I guess in some pathology people like that take that stuff very seriously – you didn’t give him enough duck sauce,’ they said.

Hirsch, who had nine prior arrests on his record, has pleaded not guilty.

Yan, a father-of-three who moved to New York from more than two decades ago, was doing delivery-rounds on his scooter in Forest Hills, Queens, cops say, when he was blasted in the chest.

The shooting saw Yan and Hirsch, who was believed to be driving an older model of a Lexus RX3 SV at the time, briefly exchange words at a traffic light before Yan was hit near 108th Street and 67th Drive, in what is usually a quiet and close-knit area.

A witness nearby later told investigators that Hirsch fled the scene.

Police revealed they captured Hirsch on surveillance footage pacing around the restaurant for roughly an hour on the night of the shooting before following Yan.

Hirsch’s lawyer, Michael Horn, told DailyMail.com that a warrant was issued for his arrest after the grand jury’s proceeding. However, he added that the Queens District Attorney’s office ‘decided not to honor my professional courtesy to bring [Hirsch] in whenever as possible, where’s necessary and they basically broke down his door last night and forced their way to a scared man who doesn’t know what’s going on.’

Yan, who worked seven days a week and held three jobs to support his family, had been working at the Great Wall restaurant for more than a decade prior to his death, 53-year-old employee Kai Yang told the New York Daily News.

Hirsch was arrested 9 times between 1995 and 2012, but none of them are disclosed as they are sealed. One of the arrests is related to Hirsch committing a robbery with a gun, police sources told the Daily News.

Horn said: ‘They’re not relevant. We know that accusations are meaningless without any judgment… The District Attorney is taking what I consider to be a thin case and trying to put as much garnish as possible to make the sandwich look bigger.’

A restaurant employee, Soi Chung, 70, told DailyMail.com that Hirsch had ‘multiple’ disputes with staff at the eatery and pulled a gun on staffers during one incident in January.

Another incident last year saw the angry customer become peeved over the amount of duck sauce given to him in one of his orders, Chung told The New York Post, spurring a campaign of harassment, vandalism, and threats from the customer.

The most brazen threat from the customer, Chung said, came earlier this year, when Hirsch menacingly waved a gun at the restaurant workers, spurring them to call 911.

Restaurant owner Kai Yang told the Post that the angry customer was put to the ground by employees, which included Yan, shortly after he came inside with the firearm.

Horn said on Thursday: ‘If my client had an argument with the manager, then why is he having a fight or assaulted a delivery guy who everybody seems to like. There was no delivery.’

Scene at the Great Wall Chinese food restaurant in Forest Hills were a makeshift memorial was set up for murdered delivery man Zhiwen Yan

Scene at the Great Wall Chinese food restaurant in Forest Hills were a makeshift memorial was set up for murdered delivery man Zhiwen Yan

Mourners left flowers, candles, photos, and drawings at the scene at the Great Wall Chinese food restaurant in Forest Hills for murdered delivery man Zhiwen Yan

Mourners left flowers, candles, photos, and drawings at the scene at the Great Wall Chinese food restaurant in Forest Hills for murdered delivery man Zhiwen Yan

Meanwhile, Yan leaves behind a wife and three children, aged two, 12, and 14.

‘This was a father of three children working three jobs – all food delivery,’ Yan’s nephew, who identified himself as Michael, said during a presser in April held outside the family’s home in neighboring Middle Village.

‘He came here in 2001,’ the relative went on. ‘He has been in this country over 20 years.’

He added: ‘It’s unacceptable that this happened. This is a very peaceful community. This never happened, this kind of issue.’

Despite Yan’s colleagues’ claims concerning Hirsch’s threatening behavior, it is currently unclear if the delivery man was a specific target.

A GoFundMe page was created by Kunying Zhao – Yan’s wife.

‘I’m starting a fundraiser for my husband because he passed away last night,’ Zhao wrote on May 1. ‘He was a hardworking delivery man and always provided for his family.’

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