The Michigan Department of Natural Resource is investigating one of its ranger after we exposed him for defacing numerous buildings with graffiti in a series last month about the city’s most egregious vandals
The subject of the probe is Frank Toarmina, a DNR ranger at William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor in downtown Detroit.
Known as “Rok” or “Raftinonkarma,” Toarmina recently scrawled his monicker on every floor of the historic CPA Building across the street from Michigan Central Station. He’s also defaced numerous signs and other buildings.
“We are investigating the matter,” DNR spokesman Ed Golder told me today. “There is a process we have to follow when an employee is accused of wrongdoing, and that process is ongoing.”
His most popular work may be his depictions of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as the pope. He’s posted the stickers throughout the city and even adorned the top of the Pierson Building with a “Dope Pope” image before it was removed.
Toarmina, who continues to work at his regular job, declined to comment for this story.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.