Disgruntled customer sought for questioning in Queens shooting death of beloved Forest Hills Chinese food deliveryman

The NYPD wants to question a disgruntled customer about the Queens shooting death of a beloved Forest Hills Chinese restaurant deliveryman, police sources said Monday.

The customer drives a Lexus SUV — the same vehicle seen speeding off after Zhiwen Yan, 45, was slain Saturday night riding his scooter near 198th St. and 67th Drive, sources said.

The manager at the Great Wall Chinese restaurant on Queens Blvd. where Yan worked, about six blocks from the crime scene, telling detectives the business has been having problems with a customer who has taken issue with his food orders.

The customer on Jan. 28 menaced the manager with a gun, the manager told police, and two other times damaged his vehicle. It wasn’t immediately clear if the manager had reported those incidents to police when they happened.

The license plate for the Lexus RX3 seen speeding away from the crime scene comes back to a 50-year-old man who lives about a half-mile from the restaurant and has 10 arrests on his record, all sealed and occurring between 1995 and 2012 One of the arrests, sources said, involved a robbery with a gun.

The Lexus has been flagged with an I-card, or investigation card, meaning any cop who stops the vehicle for an unrelated reason will know the driver is being sought for questioning in the shooting.

On Sunday, Yan’s grief-stricken widow sat at her living room table in Middle Village, wishing she and her husband had more time.

“My husband wakes up every day and just works,” Eva Zhao said through a translator, fighting back the tears that never stopped flowing as she searched for a recent picture of her husband. “He works so hard, he didn’t have time to take a picture.”

Yan, 45, and Zhao had been married for seven years and have two daughters and one son.

“I keep crying,” Zhao said, breaking down. “He meant everything to me. He took good care of me and the family.”

The hardworking dad, who was on his way to his next delivery, was struck in the chest and fell off the scooter.

Medics rushed Yan to Elmhurst Hospital, where he died.

The victim, who worked two other jobs as well, was remembered by Great Wall customers as unusually friendly and caring.

“He was always very pleasant, always with a smile, always very respectful. Even during COVID, he would deliver,” Great Wall regular Liza Padilla said. “He was a first responder in a sense. He was always there. When nobody could go out, they were still delivering. And he was one of the delivery people that we cherished.”

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