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Mayor Adams has no beef with the NYPD’s month-long wait to make an arrest in the cold-blooded slaying of a hard-working Chinese food delivery man that stemmed from a dispute about duck sauce.
“The worst thing you can do is prematurely arrest someone, get it in a grand jury and have the grand jury state that you didn’t have enough evidence,” the retired NYPD captain said Saturday at an unrelated Brooklyn news conference.
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“I take my hat off to the thoroughness of those police officers to make sure we had a solid case when we did our apprehension.”
Glenn Hirsch, 50, was picked up on a warrant at his Briarwood apartment on Wednesday and charged with murder, as well as criminal possession of a loaded firearm in connection to the April 30 slaying of 45-year-old Zhiwen Yan, authorities said.
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Cops also said Hirsch was caught on surveillance footage circling the Queens restaurant where Yan worked for an hour on the night of the shooting — then seen following Yan in his car before he allegedly shot him dead.
Kai Yang, owner of Great Wall on Queens Boulevard, previously told The Post that a bizarre dispute late last year over whether Hirsch should get more duck sauce sparked a series of increasingly disturbing encounters with the suspect, leading up to the slaying of his employee.
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“That was a bad guy,” Adams said of Hirsch. “What he did to that deliveryman, he should never get out of jail again. He was a bad guy; he was a mean guy. And I’m so happy that the officers made the proper apprehension.”
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