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Charges dropped after horse mask left at Gondek’s home

Charges dropped after horse mask left at Gondek’s home
Charges dropped after horse mask left at Gondek’s home

Charges have been dropped against a Calgary man accused of leaving a fake horse head at the mayor’s home.

The latex horse mask, which police say was part of a costume, was left in Jyoti Gondek’s driveway around 3:30 a.m. on April 19, 2022.

Doorbell camera footage reportedly captured the incident, including the moment an anti-vaccination sticker was left on the mayor’s house.

Police said at the time that the mayor had not personally witnessed the incident and that it was her driver who had noticed the horse’s head in costume.

The idea of ‚Äč‚Äčintimidating someone with a horse’s head is now a common cultural reference and stems from a scene in the 1972 film. The godfatherin which a severed horse’s head is left in the bed of film producer Jack Woltz after he refused to cast Don Corleone’s godson in his film.

A 43-year-old man was originally charged with criminal harassment and stunt driving in a motor vehicle.

Court documents obtained by CTV News show the charges were dropped in June 2022.

The man who was previously charged declined to comment on the incident.

CTV News has also reached out to the mayor’s office for comment and will update this article with their response.